St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School

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St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School

Name St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Leigh Street, Hillfields, Coventry, CV1 5HG
Phone Number 02476229486
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 336 (51.5% boys 48.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.3
Local Authority Coventry
Percentage Free School Meals 35.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 69.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.5%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (26 June 2013)
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Information about this school

St Mary and St Benedict Catholic Primary is larger than the average-sized primary school. A much higher than average proportion of pupils come from a number of minority ethnic heritages, the largest being African. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is much higher than average, a few being at the early stages of learning English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs supported at school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is above average. A high proportion of pupils are supported through the pupil premium. This is additional funding, in this case, for children in the care of the local authority and who are known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress. The school is organised into mixed-age classes. The Nursery and Reception classes learn in a separate building from the main school and often share classrooms and the outside areas. Pupils in the main school are arranged into classes and sets for Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6. The school provides a daily breakfast club and an after-school club. The school is linked to two neighbouring networks of schools: ‘Fresh Eyes’ (a primary schools group) and ‘Unity’ (a Catholic schools group including the local secondary school).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils make good progress in their learning, and achieve well in English and mathematics, especially in reading. From starting points that are below expectations for their age, pupils reach at least the national average by the end of Year 6. Many more than in the past are achieving above average levels in reading and mathematics. Good progress is being driven by good and sometimes outstanding teaching. Teachers have excellent relationships with their pupils and high expectations for their progress. Children get off to a good start in the Nursery and Reception class, especially those with very little knowledge of English. Pupils are enthusiastic learners with a thirst for knowledge. Although lively, they are also polite and caring towards each other. Staff ensure that pupils are kept safe at all times, and are well cared for. Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. The headteacher leads the school effectively, and is well supported by senior leaders and the remainder of the staff who work very well together. The governing body has good knowledge of the school’s strengths and priorities. Governors are actively involved in promoting improvements in teaching and pupils’ achievement. They have made sure that the significant pupil premium funding is spent to good effect. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Leaders, other than the headteacher, have too few opportunities to check the effectiveness of teaching and learning. Teachers have limited opportunities to observe and learn from outstanding teaching, either in the school or elsewhere. The range of learning opportunities in subjects other than English and mathematics is not yet outstanding, although it is improving as a result of developing partnerships with several local schools.