St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School


Name St Philip Neri Roman Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 26 April 2012
Address Ellison Road, Dunston, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE8 2QU
Phone Number 01914604378
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 173 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 25.3
Local Authority Gateshead
Percentage Free School Meals 11.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 26%

Information about the school

In this smaller than average-sized primary school the proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is lower than the national average. There are few pupils from minority ethnic groups or who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is lower than average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school holds awards for Basic Skills, Sing up – gold, Fair Trade and holds Healthy School status. The onsite pre-school and after-school clubs are both run privately and are inspected separately. The headteacher is presently seconded as a link inspector with the local authority. Her role is covered by the deputy headteacher and another senior member of staff covers the deputy headteacher’s role. 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

Key Findings

This is a good school. It is not outstanding because achievement at Key Stage 1 is variable, particularly in writing and mathematics, and for the more-able pupils. In addition, the quality of teaching is not outstanding across the school. However, the school is improving rapidly. Most parents and carers recognise the care and commitment of staff to pupils’ well-being and academic development. Children make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This good progress continues overall across Key Stage 1, although in this key stage pupils’ achievement in reading is better than that in writing and mathematics. Progress is good across Key Stage 2 and by the end of Year 6 attainment is broadly average. Progress in reading is outstanding, leading to high attainment in this subject by the time pupils leave school. Teaching is good overall. Strategies employed by teachers to improve achievement in reading are very successful and more pupils now leave Year 6 attaining at the higher levels. Teaching assistants are well trained and support learning well. Where teaching is satisfactory, teachers’ expectations are not always sufficiently clear or they do not always ensure that tasks are well matched to individual needs. This slows progress. Pupils behave well and feel safe in school. They are polite and confident when speaking to adults and show respect towards each other. They say that there is very little bullying and that it is dealt with appropriately by staff when it occurs. Pupils display positive attitudes to learning. Leadership and management are good. The school has made good progress since the last inspection. Leaders have a good understanding of where further improvement is needed and can demonstrate successes where actions have been implemented. There is good management of performance. Leadership of teaching has been successful in raising achievement, particularly by Year 6. However, in lesson observations there is too little focus on the impact of teaching on the progress pupils make. Staff work effectively as a team to improve the curriculum in order to further engage and motivate pupils.