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What is best for the children?' This is the key question that leaders, including the members of the governing body, in this outstanding school constantly ask and use to focus their efforts. As a result the school is rigorous in its evaluation of all it does and provides.
It knows its strengths, of which there are many, and its areas for development well. The impact of this rigour and pursuit of high-quality provision is that the school is successful in making improvements and, most importantly, outcomes for pupils are outstanding. The confidence in the school expressed by parents and carers who responded to the inspection questionnaire is well placed.
Such strong features show why the school...'s capacity for sustained improvement is also outstanding. While standards attained by pupils dipped following the school's previous inspection in June 2009, they are now above average overall and represent good progress from broadly average starting points. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception class) and pupils in Years 1 to 6 have got off to a flying start in their learning and are already making good progress.
This is because of excellent teaching that engages and inspires pupils in their learning very well and outstanding levels of care, guidance and support, which ensure those whose circumstances make them vulnerable make progress at least as good as their peers. Leaders had previously recognised the need to improve the achievement of pupils in mathematics, of boys in writing in Key Stage 1, and for the less- and more-able pupils in Key Stage 2. As a result of concerted efforts, success in these areas has been achieved already.
Pupils are developing, at a good pace, skills that will contribute well to their future economic well-being. Their spiritual, moral and social development is a particular strength as demonstrated by excellent behaviour and the care pupils show to one another. Pupils' awareness of cultures other than their own is more limited.
Nevertheless, the school is aware of this and has already put good-quality plans into place to address this need and to strengthen its already good promotion of community cohesion, including establishing links with schools abroad and its pursuit of the International Global Award. These plans will also strengthen the already good curriculum. Further outstanding attributes demonstrated by pupils include their awareness and understanding of being healthy, keeping safe, and making important contributions to the community.
All-in-all, St Oswald's Catholic Primary School is a highly inclusive school in which equally high expectations are met.
Information about the school
The school is smaller than average in size. The great majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds.
The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities supported at school action plus, is above average, although a smaller than average percentage of pupils has a statement of special educational needs. The school holds a number of awards, including the Healthy Schools award, the Sports Activemark, Investors in People, the Basic Skills Quality Mark, the Leading Parent Partnership Award, the Sing Up Gold Award, and, most recently, the Inclusion Quality Mark.
Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms