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 Mrs Christie Williams
Address Green Lane, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, S62 6JY
Phone Number 01709710270
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 194
Local Authority Rotherham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have been very effective in making rapid improvements to the school in a short period of time.

Improvements to training and systems have led to greatly improved teaching, which has led to much better outcomes for pupils. Pupils make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics. This is the case for different groups of pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities.

It is also true for disadvantaged pupils. Due to stronger progress, attainment has improved significantly since the last inspection. Attainment is now in line with or above the national averages in re...ading, writing and mathematics for different groups of pupils.

Teaching meets the needs of different groups of pupils well, thanks to accurate and rigorous assessment of pupils and teachers' use of this information to plan lessons. Pupils feel safe and well cared for in school. Pupils' conduct is strong and most demonstrate positive attitudes to learning.

Governors have been committed to supporting improvement and have undertaken a review of their own work to ensure they are effective in their roles. Consequently, they understand the school well and they support and challenge leaders well, contributing to much stronger provision in school. The early years is a strength of the school.

From lower than typical starting points, children make at least good progress and are well prepared for Year 1, and beyond, because : of this. Teaching engages pupils well, especially girls. At times, a small minority of boys need a reminder to remain on task and to follow instructions.

However, they respond positively to teachers' reminders. The curriculum has improved since the last inspection and there is now real depth and breadth to the teaching and learning across different subject areas, including science, history and geography. Pupils have a good understanding of British values and demonstrate these throughout their learning and other activities.

However, there are missed opportunities for pupils to learn about different faiths in more depth. The school has worked effectively to improve attendance, yet it is still lower than average. Persistent absenteeism has also been reduced but remains higher than average.

Information about this school

This is a smaller than average-sized primary school. Most pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average.

A much higher than average proportion of pupils are disadvantaged. The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities is well above average. The proportion of pupils who have an education, health and care plan is average.

Children start school in the Reception class on a full-time basis. The executive headteacher took up her post in September 2017. The school works in partnership with Our Lady's and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Wath, which is also led by the executive headteacher.

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