St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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About St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Ms Pauline McIlroy
Address Edenfield Crescent, Huyton, Liverpool, L36 6DS
Phone Number 01514778990
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 204
Local Authority Knowsley
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils flourish at this school. They feel valued for who they are.

Caring staff build strong, positive and supportive relationships with pupils, including children in the early years. This helps pupils to feel safe and secure in school.

All pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), achieve exceptionally well.

Pupils are eager to learn. They make the most of the rich learning opportunities that the school provides for them. They listen well in class and strive to be 'the best that they can be'.

Consequently, pupils achieve highly across a wide range of subjects.

Pupils' behaviour in class and around th...e school is exemplary. Learning time is rarely disrupted.

This leads to a calm and mutually respectful atmosphere that makes St Joseph's a happy place to be.

Pupils engage fully in the wide range of leadership opportunities that are made available to them. For example, pupils on the school council and those involved in fundraising support both local and international charities.

These opportunities build pupils' understanding of how they can make a difference to the lives of others. Pupils relish taking on extra responsibilities. They understand that it is important to fulfil these roles diligently as they know that this will prepare them for life.

Library prefects take their responsibilities seriously, ensuring that an ordered and inviting space is available for pupils to visit.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school has designed a highly ambitious curriculum that enables all pupils to be successful. From the moment that children join the school in the Reception class, they benefit from a carefully designed and well-ordered curriculum.

Staff are expertly trained so that they have absolute clarity about the knowledge that pupils should learn at each stage of the school year and in each year group. Teachers routinely ensure that pupils build on what they have learned previously. They carefully check that pupils' understanding is secure before moving on to new learning.

The expert support that pupils receive enables them to build up a valuable and rich body of subject knowledge over time.

The school sets high expectations of behaviour from Reception through to Year 6. The clearly established rules and routines are known to all.

Children and pupils follow them at all times. They are highly respectful of staff, visitors and each other. This ensures a purposeful atmosphere in which everyone can learn.

The school has ensured that reading sits at the heart of the curriculum. Children in the Reception class and pupils across the rest of the school regularly experience the delight that comes from listening to a book being read to them. Highly trained staff deliver the phonics programme skilfully.

Children in the Reception Year quickly learn the sounds that letters represent. Additional support is promptly put in place for any children who need it. This helps them to catch up quickly.

The books that they read closely match the sounds that they have learned. Pupils in key stage 1 build on this excellent start so that they become fluent and accurate readers. They are very well prepared for the curriculum in key stage 2.

Pupils right across school love to read. They have access to a rich range of books from different cultures and by different authors. Pupils learn to appreciate different types of books, including poetry, playscripts and non-fiction.

Many pupils spoke to inspectors about the importance of reading regularly in order to become more knowledgeable. They told inspectors that reading supports their writing as they can use the vocabulary that they have learned to make their written work interesting.

The school has highly effective systems in place to identify the additional needs of pupils with SEND.

Teachers benefit from the high-quality support and training that the school provides in order meet the needs of all pupils. Teachers are highly skilled in how they adapt the delivery of the curriculum to ensure that pupils with SEND can learn alongside their peers. Pupils with SEND achieve highly.

The school has an extremely well-thought-through programme to support pupils' personal development. The wide range of clubs on offer, such as football, judo and the Shakespeare club, reflect the interests and talents of pupils. The school responds to pupils' personal requests wherever possible to ensure that everyone can be involved in these enrichment activities.

Pupils learn about different faiths and cultures. Older pupils have an extremely mature understanding of why it is important to be tolerant and respectful. Pupils are very accepting of difference.

Pupils enjoy a rich variety of trips. These include visits to different places of worship, museums, galleries and places of geographical significance. The range of experiences that the school provides prepares pupils exceptionally well for life in modern Britain.

Governors have a comprehensive understanding of the school and the community that it serves. They work closely with the school to make sure that all pupils receive the highest quality of education possible. They are well informed about how pupils are achieving throughout school.

There is no complacency. Governors support and challenge leaders in a measured and considered way.

The school supports parents and carers to become active partners in their children's education.

For example, it provides a range of workshops on the teaching of phonics so that parents know how to support reading at home. The vast majority of parents who shared their views hold the school in high regard.

The school considers the workload and well-being of staff in the decisions that it makes, for example about the curriculum.

Staff appreciate the support that they receive from leaders to carry out their roles effectively. As a result, staff said that they feel valued and enjoy working as part of the school community.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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