St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Catholic Academy

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About St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Catholic Academy

Name St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Primary School, A Voluntary Catholic Academy
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mark Ryan
Address Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 0QP
Phone Number 01642763623
Phase Academy
Type Academy converter
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 241
Local Authority Stockton-on-Tees
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

St Therese of Lisieux is a school where all pupils feel valued. Pupils feel happy and safe because of the care they receive from all staff. Pupils are courteous and polite.

Pupils show a keen interest for those around them. Teachers have built a climate where kindness and respect for others are celebrated.

Teachers encourage pupils to speak in class, in assemblies and in church.

They show a keen interest in what pupils have to say. From Nursery to Year 6, pupils are welcoming, confident and articulate.

Pupils are encouraged to try new things.

This builds their confidence and widens their experience. Pupils plan charity and fundraising work, ...supporting a range of local and international causes. Staff encourage pupils to care for others.

This shines through in what pupils do and say.

Pupils' learning flourishes in a positive and supportive atmosphere. Bullying is extremely rare.

Pupils are confident in teachers' willingness to address any concerns they may have.

Parents are delighted by the close relationships leaders have developed. They appreciate the support provided by all teachers.

One parent wrote: 'St Therese of Lisieux is so much more than a school. It is a community and my sons feel as though they belong and are part of something special. Their overall well-being is at the heart of all the school does.'

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

Leaders have achieved excellence in many aspects of the school's work. With trust leaders, they have managed a period of change extremely well. They have worked with staff to build subject expertise.

Staff value the high-quality guidance and support they receive. Leaders' actions are helping pupils to acquire deeper knowledge across the curriculum.

Parents appreciate the visibility of teachers and leaders.

They say communication has never been better. They like talking to staff at the start and end of the day. They are highly confident that their children will flourish in a caring and vibrant learning community.

Leaders have placed reading at the centre of the school's work. Children in the early years receive an excellent start to reading. Leaders have carefully selected a phonics programme that builds on existing strengths.

Teachers have taken great care to match books to the sound pupils know. Adults are extremely well trained in teaching phonics. Excellent support enables all pupils to mature into fluent, perceptive readers.

This love of reading continues throughout the school. Pupils are attentive readers who are keen to share their interest in books.

Pupils benefit from a coherent mathematics curriculum.

Learning in mathematics is planned step by step to build carefully on what pupils already know. Teachers assess pupils' understanding carefully. They provide timely support for any pupils who fall behind.

Pupils benefit from an ambitious curriculum across many subjects. Leaders ensure that pupils access important knowledge. In subjects such as science and history, teachers have mapped out the knowledge and skills that pupils will need to know.

However, on occasions, pupils do not acquire the knowledge needed to complete complex tasks. Assessment does not always identify where foundations need to be stronger. Leaders are aware of this and are already working to deepen pupils' knowledge across the curriculum.

Leaders make pupils' personal development a priority. Pupils take responsibility as class ambassadors and house captains. They learn about parliamentary democracy and question their local MP.

Pupils develop a deep respect for all forms of equality. Leaders link this work through assemblies, lessons and the books pupils read. Pupils recently met female pilots and fire officers to widen their awareness of gender equality.

Pupils value the planned range of activities on offer. They develop an interest in sport, the arts and the environment. Teachers build pupils' confidence and self-esteem in exceptional ways.

Pupils attend extremely well. Their behaviour is exemplary. Bullying is extremely rare.

Pupils support and care for one another. Leaders have developed a joyful and caring place for pupils and adults.

Leaders have considerable expertise in supporting pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

Their work allows pupils to learn effectively across all subjects. Parents appreciate the support their children receive.

Children benefit from an exceptional curriculum in the early years.

Adults have a clear idea of what they want children to learn. They have built a purposeful environment where children learn and play. From the earliest days of Nursery, children are encouraged to talk and share their thoughts.

Children concentrate on activities in sustained ways. Adults ask meaningful questions and respond intelligently to what children say and do. Children benefit from an excellent start to early reading and number work.

They develop a curiosity about the world around them. This means that children are extremely well prepared for Year 1.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Senior leaders ensure that staff are thoroughly trained in how to keep children safe. They update staff on safeguarding issues in a timely manner. Staff are highly attentive to pupils' needs.

They know what to do if they have concerns over pupils' welfare. Leaders pursue any concerns over pupils' safety in a thorough and sensitive manner. When necessary, they work with external partners to support pupils and families.

Leaders have developed a curriculum that helps pupils to be mindful of risks and how to manage them. Leaders carry out thorough checks on the suitability of adults working at the school. Governors are well trained on safeguarding issues.

Senior officers from the trust provide additional guidance and assurance on safeguarding practice.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• The implementation of the curriculum is variable in some foundation subjects. In some cases, teachers ask pupils to complete complex tasks before they have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills.

This contributes to gaps in pupils' understanding. Leaders should further enhance the curriculum so that pupils build deeper subject knowledge over time. They should also refine assessment practices so that teachers have a clearer picture of pupils' understanding of core knowledge and concepts.

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