|Name||St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, Longton|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||25 February 2014|
|Address||Chapel Lane, Longton, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 5EB|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||245 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||17.9|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||4.9%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Oswald’s is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is much lower than that found nationally. The pupil premium is additional government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and the children of service families. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is well below with that found nationally. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The large majority of pupils are White British. Very few are from minority ethnic backgrounds or speak English as an additional language. Since the previous inspection, there have been significant improvements to the school buildings. The school has achieved the Activemark in Sport, Parent Partnership Award, Silver Eco School, Bronze International Award and the Basic Skills Quality Mark. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. This is an improving school. This is due to the drive and determination of the senior leadership team who lead by example. Following a good start in the Reception class, most pupils make at least good progress overall. By the time they leave Year 6, pupils are extremely competent readers and writers. Pupils eligible for the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those with a special educational needs make good and or better progress. Teaching is good because teachers encourage pupils to aim high. Teachers and teaching assistants work together to make sure tasks set meet the learning needs of all pupils. Behaviour is good. This is a caring school and pupils say they feel safe. Attendance is well above average. The curriculum provides an extensive range of stimulating and exciting experiences for pupils in school and beyond. They develop a love of, and excel, in the arts and sport. The dedicated headteacher puts into practice her great determination that all pupils should have every opportunity to flourish. All staff share this view. School leaders, including the governing body, work very well as a team. Their successful actions have a positive impact on improving the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievements. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The quality of teaching is not yet consistently outstanding in all year groups. Work is not always adapted quickly enough when pupils find tasks easy. The quality of teachers’ marking is inconsistent across the school. Teachers do not always make sure that pupils correct their work once it has been marked to ensure that they learn from their errors. Some middle leaders do not have enough skills or opportunities to contribute fully to raising standards in their subject.