St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Haslingden

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About St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Haslingden

Name St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Haslingden
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Miss Donna McNicoll
Address Lime Road, Haslingden, Rossendale, BB4 5NP
Phone Number 01706214747
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 142
Local Authority Lancashire
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Achievement is excellent. Attainment when pupils leave school has been well above average for several years.

Progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. Children enjoy their days in school although opportunities to learn outdoors are not as rich as those indoors. The overall quality of teaching is outstanding.

It is strongest in Key Stage 2 where lessons inspire pupils because teachers have very high expectations. Many lessons go at a swift and challenging pace, although this is not the case on rare occasions. Behaviour is exemplary.

Pupils are naturally friendly and welcoming to one another and visitors. Their... response in lessons is always first class and they strive hard to produce their best work. Attendance is above average.

Pupils are taught to keep themselves safe; they know how to avoid danger and look after themselves. They are great ambassadors for the school and are justifiably proud of their contribution towards helping others. The triumphs of the school are founded on the highly successful drive and ambition of the headteacher and deputy headteacher.

They lead by example, being inspirational teachers who only accept the best for the pupils and share their skills to attain this goal. As a result, teaching is continually improving. Pupils' progress is monitored rigorously and swift action taken if any pupil starts to fall behind.

Consequently, any gaps in learning are promptly closed and achievement continues to get even better. The pupils benefit from an imaginative and varied curriculum. After-school clubs are very popular and the school's amazing productions show many skilled actors.

The governors have a perceptive and accurate view of the school. They know how its popularity with parents has increased. This has led to an oversubscribed school.

Space is now at a premium with some lessons being taught in a very small space, which restricts the variety of activities.

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The number of pupils from minority ethnic groups is low and very few are at an early stage of learning to speak English.

The proportion known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided for the children in local authority care, those from service families and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is slightly above average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is in line with the national average.

The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school's population has increased by 30% since the previous inspection, including a rise in the number of pupils who join the school at other than the usual time. The school has gained a number of awards, including Healthy School status, Active Mark, Race Equality Mark Gold Award and Basic Skills Quality Mark twice for sustained improvement in basic literacy and numeracy skills.

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