St Paschal Baylon Catholic Primary School

Name St Paschal Baylon Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 June 2014
Address Chelwood Avenue, Childwall, Liverpool, Merseyside, L16 2LN
Phone Number 01517220464
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 387 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.0
Local Authority Liverpool
Percentage Free School Meals 8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 1.8%

Information about this school

This is a larger than average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. The proportion of pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium is additional funding to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those children who are looked after by the local authority. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups, or who speak English as an additional language is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school currently holds a number of awards, including Eco Schools accreditation and the International Schools Award.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. School leaders responded quickly to the dip in progress and standards in 2013. As a result of their actions, pupils are now making good progress throughout the school. Achievement over time is good. From starting points in Reception that are broadly typical for their age, pupils make good progress and by the time they leave Year 6, attainment is typically above the national average level. Teaching is good. Teachers have very positive relationships with pupils and plan lessons that help to make learning interesting. Behaviour is good. Pupils are extremely polite and friendly and behave well in lessons and around school. Pupils say that they feel very safe and happy in school. Attendance is good because pupils enjoy coming to school. Parents are extremely supportive of the school and almost all say they would recommend the school to another parent. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well and they benefit from a well-designed curriculum that provides them with a wide range of experiences. The effective leadership of the headteacher and her deputy, ably supported by senior leaders, is making sure that teaching and pupils’ achievement are moving forward strongly. Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Teachers’ marking does not consistently make clear to pupils what they need to do to improve their work and this stops pupils from making the most rapid progress. Lessons do not always sufficiently challenge the most able pupils. Leaders’ plans for improvement do not always make it clear how their impact on pupils’ achievement will be measured. Despite governors understanding the broad thrust of data analysis, they do not use data well enough to judge the performance of different groups of pupils.