|Name||St Mary’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||20 March 2014|
|Address||Durants Road, Ponders End, Enfield, EN3 7DE|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||418 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.2|
|Percentage Free School Meals||17.1%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||50%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||14.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is well above the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for support from the pupil premium (extra money provided by the government for pupils including those eligible for free school meals, in public care or from service families) is above average. Almost all pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and most of them speak English as an additional language. The school makes use of the Suffolks Speech and Language Resource Base in Enfield for a very small number of its pupils. The school meets the current government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The headteacher acts as a mentor to another headteacher within the local authority who is new to headship.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher has been instrumental in promoting a highly positive ethos within the school. Staff morale is high. Pupils’ achievement is good because pupils make good progress from low starting points and reach high standards in English and mathematics by the time they leave the school. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers receive good support from senior leaders and managers to bring about improvements. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make good progress because teachers make regular and accurate checks on how well they are doing. Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is strength of the school. Pupils’ behaviour is good in lessons and around the school. Their attitudes to learning are very positive. Pupils feel very safe in school. Attendance is above the national average. The school actively engages parents and carers and other family members in the life of the school. They are highly supportive of the school. Leaders, managers and governors have been effective in maintaining the quality of good teaching and the standards pupils achieve. They are well placed to bring about further improvements. Governors bring a wide range of expertise to their role and provide good support and challenge to senior leaders about how well the school is performing. It is not yet an outstanding school because : In some lessons teachers do not check pupils’ understanding often enough so that they can adapt their teaching to provide more challenge to pupils and increase the pace of learning. Teachers do not always take account of what pupils know already when they plan work, in particular in mathematics. This means sometimes pupils repeat work they can do already.