St Lawrence’s Church of England Primary School

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About St Lawrence’s Church of England Primary School

Name St Lawrence’s Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Mrs Helen Coles
Address Heslington Road, York, YO10 5BW
Phone Number 01904806486
Phase Academy
Type Academy sponsor led
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 159
Local Authority York
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

St Lawrence's Church of England Primary is an extremely welcoming and inclusive school.

It is characterised by warm relationships between staff and pupils. This is evident in the excellent behaviour and conduct of the pupils. Pupils are unfailingly polite and well mannered.

They are highly considerate of others. The values of the school encourage pupils and staff to be 'caring, considerate and courageous'. These values are very well understood and expressed by all members of the school community.

They underpin the strong programme of personal development and pupils' excellent behaviour.

The school has high expectations of the pupils, and the pupils r...ise to meet them. The differences that are reflected in the pupils' range of cultural heritage are celebrated.

The flags that adorn the assembly hall represent the diversity in school. Pupils can name these flags. They share aspects of their culture with one another.

Pupils enjoy teaching each other words and phrases from the languages that they speak.

Pupils have a strong 'voice' in the life of the school. They undertake a variety of leadership roles.

They have influenced decisions, such as adapting the physical education kit. Pupils learn an ambitious curriculum that is effective in preparing them for the next steps in their education.

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

Leaders understand the importance of reading.

They have made this a high priority. This is especially important for the pupils who speak English as an additional language. This is the case for one third of the pupils in school.

Phonics and early reading are taught effectively. The reading programme is successfully adapted to support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and those pupils new to English. Staff ensure that there is quick and effective support for any pupil who may need to catch up with their reading.

All staff have been well trained to deliver the reading programme.

The love of reading is promoted throughout the school. Books appear in 'reading nooks' around the school as well as in the well-stocked library.

Pupils are enthusiastic about reading. They can explain the plots and characters from the books that they have read.

The curriculum is broad and ambitious.

Pupils use mathematical knowledge and operations effectively. The curriculum encourages pupils to be curious and ask pertinent questions. For example, in art and design, pupils connect their knowledge of different artists to ideas in their own work.

In history, the curriculum takes full advantage of the rich national heritage in York, within walking distance of the school. In a minority of curriculum subjects, the selection of teaching materials and some activity choices do not support pupils' learning to gain specific knowledge as well as they do in other subjects.Children in the early years make an excellent start to their education.

Adults know their different individual starting points. They support children in very precise ways to develop their communication and language. Leaders ensure that the foundations of the curriculum are established in the Nursery Year.

Children are highly engaged in the rich curriculum across Nursery and Reception classes. They are exceptionally well prepared for learning in Year 1. Children with SEND achieve particularly well.

The school's curriculum for personal development is thoroughly planned to teach pupils how to engage with society and understand their place in it. Leaders have a very precise understanding of what pupils need to know to be healthy and safe. Pupils throughout the school have an age-appropriate grasp of all aspects of safety, from railways and rivers to online scams and exploitation.

The school is rightly proud of the way in which pupils develop their character. Pupils have a very well- developed understanding of fundamental British values, such as mutual respect and tolerance. Pupils speak with great clarity about how the school develops their self-esteem and confidence.

Governors and trustees have an in-depth understanding of the school. Trust leaders and governors are very clear about their separate responsibilities. They work effectively with school leaders.

The trust has had a significant impact in ensuring that staff are supported to access high-quality training and further professional qualifications. This expertise is used in St Lawrence's and more widely across the trust.

Staff are highly complimentary about how their workload is considered and the support for their well-being.

Parents are extremely positive about all aspects of the school's work. In particular, parents comment on the excellent pastoral care and support provided by the school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In a minority of curriculum subjects the activity choices and resources are not matched specifically to the crucial knowledge that pupils need to learn. This contributes to pupils not being sufficiently supported to develop their subject knowledge. Leaders should ensure that they continue to develop the curriculum to focus precisely on the most important subject knowledge that pupils need to know and understand and that learning activities are matched appropriately.

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