|Name||St Mary’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||24 September 2013|
|Address||Meadowside, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 7QN|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||464 (47% boys 53% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.1|
|Percentage Free School Meals||11.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||7.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||12.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
This is a much larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those children in local authority care or for service families, is lower than average. The large majority of pupils are of White British background. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average. The proportion supported at schools action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The present headteacher took up post in September 2012 and there have been additional changes to teaching staff.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. From their individual starting points, pupils achieve well and make good progress. Increased rates of progress in 2013 mean that more pupils are making better than expected progress. This is leading to rising levels of attainment, and standards are now above average, particularly in reading and mathematics. Teaching is consistently good with some that is outstanding. Teachers have very good partnerships with teaching assistants and together they ensure that pupils access the appropriate support they need to meet their individual needs. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. In lessons pupils are fully involved and want to learn. They are very polite and well-mannered. Their caring nature towards their friends and to others is very evident as they work and play together. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils are strongly encouraged to become active and reflective members of society through a range of activities and responsibilities. Parents are highly supportive of the school. They recognise the dedication of staff who provide a safe and happy environment in which their children can learn with confidence. The inspirational headteacher is supported by an effective leadership team and a strong governing body .Together they have rapidly improved the quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The proportion of outstanding teaching is not yet high enough to ensure consistently outstanding progress. Progress in writing is not as good as it is in reading and mathematics. Information on the school website does not yet fully meet requirements.