St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Havant

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St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Havant

Name St Thomas More’s Catholic Primary School, Havant
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address Hooks Lane, Bedhampton, Havant, PO9 3DR
Phone Number 02392475909
Type Primary
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 315 (49.5% boys 50.5% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.4
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 13.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 9.3%
Persistent Absence 3.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 13.9%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (24 October 2012)
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Information about this school

St Thomas More?s Catholic Primary School is an average-sized primary school. Nearly all pupils come from the local community. The proportion of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs supported through school action is above average. The proportion supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. Most pupils are of White British heritage and very few are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and for whom the school receives additional income (the pupil premium) is below average. The school meets the government?s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils? attainment and progress. A privately managed pre-school is located on the school site, which is inspected separately. The school has a number of recent awards including Sports Active Mark, Enhanced Healthy Schools status and is a Fairtrade school.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school because: Pupils make good progress and achieve well from their different starting points. Improvements in teaching have led to above average attainment in English by the end of Year 6. Attainment has also risen in mathematics, but not as fast as in English. Teaching is good and occasionally of high quality. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils and make lessons interesting so that pupils learn well. Pupils? behaviour and their attitudes to work are good. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that bullying is rare and that any incidents are dealt with effectively. The headteacher?s effective leadership, supported well by governors and other leaders, has been significant in ensuring the school has improved the quality of teaching since the previous inspection. The school enjoys a good partnership with parents. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make a good start to their education. It is not yet an outstanding school because: There are occasions, especially in mathematics, when pupils do not know how well they are doing and are unsure how to improve their work. In some lessons, pupils have too few opportunities to work independently or think for themselves. Occasionally, work is too easy, particularly for the more able pupils.