St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Address Cadogan Street, London, SW3 2QT
Phone Number 02075892438
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 222 (45.9% boys 54.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.4
Local Authority Kensington and Chelsea
Percentage Free School Meals 10.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 79.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 November 2013)
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Information about this school

The school is smaller than the majority of primary schools. The proportion of pupils from a wide range of minority ethnic backgrounds is high. Three-quarters of the pupils speak English as an additional language. Many are at the early stages of learning English. The school receives pupil premium funding for an average proportion of pupils. The pupil premium is extra government funding given to schools to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those in local authority care and those from service families. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported through school action is broadly average, as is the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. Generally, the majority of children who enter Reception have not attended the school’s Nursery and have little pre-school experience. The headteacher took up her post in September 2013 following a year when the school was led by an interim headteacher. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This is a rapidly improving school. The new headteacher is building strongly on the improvements begun under the interim headteacher. Together they have brought rigour to school management and kept everyone focused on teaching and learning. Supported by well-targeted training, the strong team of subject leaders is now making a significant contribution to improvement. The governing body contributes considerably to the school’s development. Governors plan for the long term, ask challenging questions and make sure necessary resources are available. The very considerable improvement in teaching is testament to strong teamwork and the desire of staff to make the school better. Teaching is imaginative and matched very closely to the next stages in each pupil’s learning. The pupils’ progress has accelerated and their attainment has risen to a high level in all subjects. The organisation of subjects into topics means pupils study a theme in great depth and have many opportunities for developing their writing. The pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted exceptionally well in all that the school does. Particularly strong is their respect for other cultures. Children make rapid progress in the Nursery and Reception particularly in their language skills and also in developing the qualities that enable them to be successful learners. The rigorous tracking of each pupil enables the school to put in place carefully planned support if pupils look as if they might be falling behind. The pupils’ exemplary behaviour in lessons and around the school contributes to the warm, happy and calm atmosphere. They make a considerable and much-valued contribution to the life of the school. Pupils want to succeed. They work very hard at all times and continually try to do their best. Pupils feel very secure because of the way staff and governors take great care to safeguard their welfare. More-able pupils are suitably challenged in lessons and many reach levels above those expected for their age.