St Mary and St John Catholic Primary School

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About St Mary and St John Catholic Primary School

Name St Mary and St John Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs L Vose
Address Standishgate, Wigan, WN1 1XL
Phone Number 01942206733
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 210
Local Authority Wigan
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils' excellent attitudes to learning show that they love being at school.

They have a powerful sense of belonging to this friendly and caring school community. They develop exceptional relationships with staff and with each other. Pupils feel included and valued.

They feel safe, and they are kept safe.

Pupils' behaviour is exemplary. When staff need to address any misbehaviour or incidents of bullying, they deal with it swiftly and decisively.

Pupils are eager to please. They meet the exacting standards that staff set for their conduct.

Leaders set ambitious expectations for all pupils' learning, including those with special educational n...eeds and/or disabilities (SEND).

Pupils excel academically because of the effective way in which teachers put these expectations into practice.

Pupils relish meeting the inspiring visitors that come to the school, such as theatre workshops or speakers for careers guidance. Pupils also access a very wide range of opportunities to develop their talents and interests.

These include tuition to learn a musical instrument, having the chance to play sports and attending interesting clubs such as engineering or gardening.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders, including those in the early years, have designed an ambitious curriculum that enables pupils to build their knowledge over time exceptionally well. Leaders have defined the key knowledge that they want pupils to gain in all subjects.

This means that teachers are absolutely clear about what they want pupils to learn in the short and long term.

Pupils remember what they have learned. This is because teachers provide clear instructions and explanations and learning is purposeful.

Teachers check regularly on pupils' learning. They make excellent use of this information to make sure that any gaps in learning are addressed quickly. As a result, pupils across the school progress through the curriculum smoothly and successfully.

Pupils' work demonstrates the depth of their subject knowledge. Across the school, pupils' achievement is remarkable.

Leaders have ensured that reading has the highest priority.

All staff have received comprehensive training so that they are highly effective in delivering the school's phonics programme. In the Reception Year, children get off to a swift start in learning to read. They confidently read the sounds displayed throughout the well-designed environment.

In key stage 1, teachers continually check to see what pupils have remembered. There is highly effective support for pupils who need more help remembering their phonics work. This helps them to catch up quickly.

Pupils become increasingly accomplished readers as they progress through the school.

Leaders identify the needs of pupils with SEND at an early stage. They place a strong emphasis on ensuring that these pupils are included and access the same curriculum as other pupils.

The highly effective support that these pupils receive enables many of them to achieve as well as their peers.

Pupils are a credit to the school. Their behaviour in lessons ensures that they focus very well on their learning.

Pupils play highly effective roles in maintaining behaviour in the school, such as acting as play leaders for younger pupils. Pupils' attitudes are also reflected in their high rates of attendance.

The parents and carers who responded to Ofsted Parent View, and those that inspectors spoke to at the start of the school day, were full of praise for the way in which leaders nurture pupils' personal development.

Children in the early years are inspired to learn about the world around them. This builds in key stages 1 and 2 so that all pupils gain an exceptional knowledge of other cultures, equalities and different faiths. Pupils' in-depth knowledge of fundamental British values informs their own lives and prepares them well for life in modern Britain.

Governors are highly effective in their role. They have worked well with leaders to set a clear vision for school improvement. Governors know the school well.

They offer meaningful challenge to leaders to continually enhance the curriculum. Staff value the support that leaders and governors provide for their well-being and to manage their workload.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

There is a strong, well-established culture of vigilance in the school. Staff receive comprehensive training which is continually updated. They know pupils and their families well.

This helps staff to spot any signs that a pupil might be at risk of harm.

Leaders share information with relevant agencies to make sure that pupils who are at risk are protected and supported.

The curriculum is highly effective in ensuring that pupils understand how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations, including when using social media or when online.

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