St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School


Name St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.stmatthewscatholic.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2013
Address Saffron Drive, Allerton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD15 7NE
Phone Number 01274541737
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 245 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Local Authority Bradford
Percentage Free School Meals 15.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 25.7%

Information about this school

This school is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding is above the national average. A very few pupils are looked after in public care. (The pupil premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and those children that are looked after.) The proportion of disabled pupils or with a special educational need who are supported at school action is above average but the proportion at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, including those who are learning English as an additional language, is greater than that found nationally. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which set the minimum expectations of pupils’ attainment and progress. The school operates a breakfast club. There has been some significant remodelling of the school building since the school’s last inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. Pupils’ achievements, particularly in English and mathematics, are good. By the time they leave school in Year 6, standards are average which represents good progress from their starting points in nursery. Teaching is consistently good and sometimes outstanding; it enables pupils to learn well and feel pleased with their work. Beyond regular lessons, pupils take part in a wide range of activities that they find fascinating, such as Tea Dancing in Year 6 (from the waltz to the jive). The headteacher leads very well ensuring that this good school is continually improving. Senior leaders work effectively, in partnership with the knowledgeable governing body, to improve the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. Parents and staff all agree that pupils’ welfare is given top priority. A parent declared that, ‘the school feels like home to me.’ As a result, pupils feel safe, enjoy lessons and talk enthusiastically about all that they do. Pupils are justly proud of their school, which is demonstrated by their good behaviour and personal development. It is not yet an outstanding school because : There is not yet enough outstanding teaching to make sure the progress of all pupils is first-rate. Attendance is below average and, although there are signs of improvement, it is not yet rising quickly enough.