St Martin’s Catholic Primary School

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St Martin’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Martin’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Pendennis Avenue, Caversham Park Village, Reading, RG4 6SS
Phone Number 01189375544
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 153 (54.9% boys 45.1% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.9
Local Authority Reading
Percentage Free School Meals 7.2%
Percentage English is Not First Language 14.9%
Persistent Absence 5.4%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.1%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (08 March 2012)
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Information about the school

St Martin?s is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, who come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, is similar to that seen nationally. A lower-than-average proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well below that seen nationally. The percentage of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is broadly average. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in a Reception class. The school meets the government floor standard. All teaching staff are new to the school since the previous inspection and there have been a number of recent appointments.

Key findings

This is a good school. The key to the school?s success and its significant improvement is the particularly strong leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders, that is improving teaching and ensuring pupils are provided with a rich, vibrant and stimulating curriculum. The school is not outstanding because : teaching is not leading to pupils? consistently rapid and sustained progress in all classes across the school. Achievement is good because all groups of pupils, including disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, make good progress. After a good start in the Reception class, pupils continue to make good progress which is rapidly accelerated in upper Key Stage 2, so that they attain high standards by the end of Year 6 in English and mathematics. Pupils? handwriting and presentation do not always match these otherwise high standards. Pupils? high level of attendance is testament to their great enjoyment for learning. This enthusiasm makes a significant contribution to their progress and high attainment. They feel very safe and behave exceptionally well, both in lessons and at break times. Pupils are really appreciative of the opportunities to take responsibility for their own learning but also for the support provided by staff. Overall, teaching is good. There is some outstanding practice. Pupils? work is marked well with clear steps identified for improvement. Activities are challenging. Occasionally, teachers spend too long explaining tasks and do not provide pupils with sufficient opportunities for writing at greater length in other subjects. Leadership and management at all levels are outstanding. The leadership of teaching and the management of performance by senior leaders are thorough and rigorous. Strong, supportive, but challenging, governance contributes to the school?s excellent capacity to sustain improvement.