St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Medlar-with-Wesham

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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Medlar-with-Wesham


Name St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Medlar-with-Wesham
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 May 2012
Address Garstang Road North, Medlar-with-Wesham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 3HA
Phone Number 01772683009
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 95 (56% boys 44% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.1
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 14.4%
Percentage English is Not First Language 4.2%
Persisitent Absence 4.7%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.4%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

This is a very small primary school. The very large majority of pupils are White British, with just a few from different minority ethnic heritages. None speaks English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals is average. The proportion of pupils supported at School Action Plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is very high. A relatively high proportion of pupils start in the school part-way through their primary education, sometimes with high levels of special educational needs or disabilities. The school meets the government’s floor standard, which sets minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school provides a daily breakfast-club for its own pupils and those of another school nearby. During the inspection, the school had largely suspended its usual timetable for a week when a range of outside partners provided extensive enrichment activities for all classes. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Key Findings

This is an outstanding school. It is an exceptionally cohesive and inclusive community, where all thrive socially and academically, whatever their background, ability or needs. Excellent systems to monitor provision and track pupils’ progress have led to outstanding achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. The school is starting to extend this process to other subjects. Outstanding achievement by all groups leads to high levels of attainment, with three quarters of the current Year 6 achieving above the expected levels in English and mathematics, for example. The school is particularly effective in helping disabled pupils and those with special educational needs to make rapid progress. Pupils who arrive in the school at different times often make outstanding progress once they have settled in. Behaviour is outstanding and pupils feel exceptionally safe and secure. They are extremely positive about all aspects of school, greatly enjoy learning and form excellent relationships. They value each other’s achievements, accept and support each other’s difficulties, and join with staff in making sure everyone is fully included in the life of the school. Outstanding teaching is a key factor in pupils’ excellent progress. Teachers are particularly skilled at providing each individual with tasks that are challenging, manageable, and adapted to their particular needs. Teachers have high expectations of work and behaviour, which pupils consistently meet because : they like and respect their teachers, and are keen to please them. Clear leadership from the headteacher and exceptionally good teamwork have produced a coherent, shared vision that is focused on driving up every pupil’s progress. Excellent provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development underpins the school’s many strengths. The monitoring of lessons and clear feedback to colleagues has improved teaching. More refined tracking of attainment has boosted achievement to a high level.