St Thomas Moorside CofE (VA) Primary School

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About St Thomas Moorside CofE (VA) Primary School

Name St Thomas Moorside CofE (VA) Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Executive Headteacher Mr Adam Laskey
Address Coleridge Road, Sholver, Oldham, OL1 4RL
Phone Number 01616249290
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 229
Local Authority Oldham
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. This is an exceptionally happy and caring school where, as one parent commented, 'They always go the extra mile to help.'

All pupils are valued and respected, expectations of what they can achieve are high and pupils are helped to believe in themselves. Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. Children get off to a flying start in the early years.

Adults get to know the children quickly, are sensitive to their needs and interests, and plan exciting activities so that children are eager to learn. Pupils continue to build on this excellent foundation throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. All groups of pupils make rapid, which is continuing to accelerate.

Teachers plan work that is challenging and extremely well matched to pupils' different needs. Highly skilled and experienced teaching assistants play a very valuable role in supporting pupils' learning. Pupils say that teachers make lessons 'fun and interesting'.

The school's new marking policy encourages pupils to reflect on their learning, as well as receiving and responding to specific written guidance from teachers. On occasion, however, the new policy is not fully implemented. Pupils feel extremely safe, secure and well looked after.

They behave very well at all times and are unfailingly polite and considerate towards each other and adults. They take considerable pride in their work and are keen to do well. The curriculum is exceptionally well organised.

It provides a range of rich experiences which develop pupils' understanding of the world around them and prepares them very well for life in modern Britain. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong. The executive headteacher and head of school provide inspirational leadership.

They lead by example and ensure that leaders at all levels have the skills and confidence they need in order to fulfil their roles. Staff morale is high and teamwork between staff at all levels is key to this school's success. Governors know the school extremely well and are regularly involved in school life.

They provide strong support for leaders within the school but also ask challenging questions. This has contributed significantly to improvements, particularly in pupils' achievement and in the quality of teaching, since the last inspection. There is no hint of complacency in this school.

Leaders, staff and governors are committed to and successful in doing the very best for all the pupils in their care. The school is well placed to continue improving.

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school, although the number of pupils on roll is increasing rapidly.

Most pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those eligible for support through the pupil premium, is well above average.

The pupil premium is additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and children who are looked after by the local authority. The early years provision comprises a Nursery class and a Reception class. Children attend both of these on a full-time basis.

The school meets the government's current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils' attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The school provides a breakfast club for pupils. The school is federated with East Crompton St James' CE Primary School.

There is a joint governing body and a shared executive headteacher. St Thomas Moorside is run a on a day-to-day basis by a head of school. The current soft federation will change to a hard federation on 1 July 2015.

A children's centre is located on the same site. This provision is subject to a separate inspection and a separate report can be found on the Ofsted website. The school has Gold Accreditation in Investors in People.

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