|Name||St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||12 March 2013|
|Address||Radnor Drive, Churchtown, Southport, Lancashire, PR9 9RR|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||364 (51% boys 49% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||8.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||12.1%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||3.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Patrick’s is a larger than average size primary school. A growing number of pupils travel from well outside the immediate area and there has also been an increase in the number of pupils joining the school during Key Stage 2, including those from overseas. This had led to an increase in numbers since the previous inspection and the school has responded by building additional classrooms. Almost all pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium (additional funding provided for children in local authority care, those from services families and those known to be eligible for free school meals) is lower that found nationally. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is slightly below average and the proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is about half that found nationally. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average as are those who speak English as an additional language although numbers in these groups are rising year on year. Several new staff have joined the school since the previous inspection. Since the previous inspection the school has gained a number of awards including: Arts Mark, National Healthy Schools status, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Mark, Full Eco-school Status, Full International School Status and Basic Skills Quality Mark. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. St Patrick’s inspires pupils to thrive in all aspects of their academic achievement and personal development. Pupils of all ages are highly motivated and inspired by the adults around them. As a result, all pupils, including those eligible for pupil premium, have outstanding achievement. Outstanding teaching stimulates and supports pupils. This is due to the skills, dedication and commitment of teachers, teaching assistants and visiting specialists. They work extremely well together to plan lessons which enthuse pupils. Teachers continually measure pupils’ understanding of their work and use this to plan lessons which meet the needs of every individual. Occasionally in lessons, pupils do not always have long enough to find out things for themselves. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons, around the school, in the local community and beyond is often exemplary. Pupils enthusiastically contribute to the school community through their school council and the eco-group. They are pro-active in supporting those less fortunate than themselves by instigating fundraising activities. Together, all staff, members of the governing body, volunteers and visitors create an exceptional environment in which to learn. This contributes to the pupils being extremely well prepared for the next stage in their education which is very much appreciated by pupils and their parents. The headteacher, senior staff and the governing body are totally committed to continually improving St Patrick’s. They thoroughly check on the quality of teaching and this has led to continuous improvement in pupils’ achievement across all subjects.