|Name||St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Infant School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Pilch Lane, Liverpool, L14 0JG|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||438 (49.1% boys 50.9% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||24.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||23.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||8.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||4.9%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (02 December 2014)
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Information about this school
St Margaret Mary’s is a much larger than average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. Of the minority of pupils from other ethnic groups, half are of Asian heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below the national average but is increasing. The proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged and supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority) has increased over the last three years and is broadly average. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average. Provision in the Nursery is mainly part-time. The school runs its own before- and after-school provision managed by the governing body. The school supports the local authority by moderating Year 2 assessments in other schools.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. The dedicated headteacher, ably supported by the deputy headteacher, has the full confidence of staff and governors. Together they are a strong team and lead by example. Their shared ambition is to provide the very best for every pupil. The school is a happy community, where pupils feel very safe and are well cared for by nurturing adults who know them well. Pupils enjoy coming to school. Attendance is above average and has improved since the last inspection. Children make a good start to their learning in the early years because of the close attention adults give to developing their language and social skills. Good progress continues through Year 1 and Year 2 so that by the time they leave the school attainment is typically above average. Pupils’ behaviour is good. They get on well together and support each other in lessons. They are polite and helpful and are proud of their school. School leaders, including governors, have a good understanding of how well the school is performing and where it can do better. Their actions have secured improvements in raising pupils’ achievement and ensured that teaching over time is consistently good with some outstanding features. The rich curriculum, supported by numerous visits and clubs, provides pupils with many memorable learning experiences. These, and the school’s strong ethos and values, promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development well. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always challenge the most able pupils to enable them to reach their full potential, especially in mathematics. Leaders are yet to ensure that the gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils who are supported by the pupil premium and others in the school is closed. Boys do not always achieve as well as they could in writing. Consequently, the gap between their attainment and that of girls in the school is too wide.