|Name||St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||12 December 2012|
|Address||Weston Crescent, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 0HA|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||227 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.6|
|Percentage Free School Meals||7.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||9.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
Information about this school
St Mary of the Angels Catholic Primary School is an average-sized primary school. Nearly all pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs supported through school action is average; the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils who receive extra funding from the government through the pupil premium is below average. The school runs a breakfast and after-school club. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expections for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school does not use alternative provision.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress across the school. Progress in reading is particularly strong. Teaching is good. Teachers use the information about pupils’ learning to plan activities that enable most pupils to make at least expected progress and a majority to make faster progress than this. Pupils’ attitudes are exemplary and make a significant contribution to the positive relationships and good learning in lessons. Good behaviour and the fact that bullying is very rare ensure pupils feel safe and are happy in school. The headteacher’s excellent leadership has resulted in rapid improvement since her appointment last year. The whole staff team, governors and pupils embrace the school’s vision for learning and have all been instrumental in improving teaching and pupils’ progress since the previous inspection. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers do not always change activities and tasks during lessons when they find that they are too easy or too difficult for some pupils. Pupils are not always given enough time to make improvements to their work in response to teachers’ marking. Some more-able pupils do not make the progress they could because tasks are not always challenging enough in lessons.