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 Gillian Foan
Address Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton, BN1 7BF
Phone Number 01273556607
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 160
Local Authority Brighton and Hove
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.

Pupils make good progress during their time at St Joseph's, despite many entering the school with knowledge and skills well below those expected for their age. As a result, the majority of pupils achieve well by the time they leave the school and their attainment is in line with their peers nationally. Teachers work hard to ensure that lessons interest and engage learners.

They make sure that work is matched well to pupils' needs. They provide a good level of support for pupils who struggle with learning, including disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, or those who speak English as an additional language. Pupils behav...e well and have positive attitudes to learning.

The curriculum promotes pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development extremely well. Leaders and managers have set up effective systems to ensure that pupils are given maximum opportunity to achieve as well as they can. They recognise that there has been underachievement in the past, and have worked hard to ensure that this is no longer the case.

The strong governing body has a clear view of the school's strengths and has carefully planned the next steps for its further improvement. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not consistently make good use of other adults in the classroom to ensure that pupils are given the best chances to have their learning moved on at speed. Information and communication technology is not used effectively enough as a tool to support learning.

Information about this school

St Joseph's is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, and those who speak English as an additional language, is much higher than the national average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs supported through school action is above average, as is the proportion of pupils supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs.

More pupils than usual join or leave the school other than at the normal admission times. Pupils are mostly taught in single-age classes, with one class in each year group. Pupils in Years 4 and 5 are organised into two mixed-age classes.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium, which is additional funding for looked after children, pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service families, is higher than normally found. The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress. No pupils attend any alternative provision, such as teaching in other schools or units.

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