|Name||St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Bewley Drive, Southdene, Liverpool, L32 9PF|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||244 (51.2% boys 48.8% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||30.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.7%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (23 April 2013)
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Information about this school
This is an average-sized primary school. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium funding is high and nearly twice the national proportion. The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils whose learning needs are supported through school action is above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus, or with a statement of special educational needs, is a more than double the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. There is nursery provision in the morning and in the afternoon. There are eight classes, one for each year group. Pupils in Year 6 are taught as an upper and a lower-ability group in separate classrooms for literacy and numeracy. The school has a before-school care club.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make consistently good progress in the Nursery and Reception classes and in Key Stage 1. There has been recent improvement in standards in Key Stage 2. Pupils’ progress in literacy is generally effective. In mathematics, progress has improved considerably and, in the main, it is now strong. From their start in the Nursery class to the end of Year 6, the overall progress of boys and girls is good. Teaching is good and occasionally outstanding. No inadequate teaching was seen. Pupils enjoy school and value the support that staff provide. On occasion, they work with impressive diligence and enthusiasm in lessons. Staff and pupils vigorously uphold the school’s Christian precepts and strive to maintain its caring ethos. The school is well led. Leaders ensure that pupils of all abilities and backgrounds make good progress. There has been recent sharp improvement in standards in mathematics and in attendance. Teachers’ work is firmly managed. Resolute governance has made a strong contribution to improvement. The school ensures that the pupil premium and other funding are spent to good effect. The school is well supported by the local authority. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Recent improvement in older pupils’ progress in mathematics requires consolidation. Pupils’ handwriting and the presentation of their work is sometimes not as good as it should be. Teachers should sometimes do more to identify the slips that pupils make in what they say and what they write. More could be done to ensure that pupils act on such advice when it is given. Coordinators of literacy and numeracy do not have enough opportunities to see lessons and evaluate data on pupils’ learning.