|Name||St Thomas More Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||21 March 2017|
|Address||Sheldon Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 4PH|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||420 (46% boys 54% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||20.8|
|Percentage Free School Meals||4.3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||19%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||8.3%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Thomas More is larger than an average-sized primary school. It has expanded since the last inspection and there are now two classes in all year groups. Children in the early years provision are taught in two Reception classes. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is also below average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6. The headteacher provides valued support for several other schools in the local area and diocese, especially with the development of leadership skills. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website. The school offers a breakfast and after-school club.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school Leadership and management are outstanding because the headteacher, ably supported by other leaders, is highly ambitious for every pupil at the school. Leaders and governors have an excellent impact on teaching and the pupils’ outcomes. They are ensuring that the school continues to improve rapidly. The leaders’ high expectations for pupils and members of staff are evident in all they do. They fully promote their school motto ‘Do more, be more…’ The extensive curriculum supports learning exceptionally well and provides excellent opportunities for pupils to learn and practise skills across a wide range of motivating topics. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development pervades all aspects of the school’s work. Displays of pupils’ work show how much this underpins their learning. Teaching is extremely successful in promoting fast learning for pupils of all levels of ability. Teachers make excellent use of the information they collect on how well the pupils are doing to plan subsequent work. Members of staff support pupils very well academically and emotionally. They ensure that activities motivate pupils to try hard and to succeed. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are exemplary. Pupils are proud of their school and extremely enthusiastic about learning. Pupils feel very safe at school and have a thorough knowledge of how to stay safe. Pupils’ outcomes are outstanding. Pupils make rapid progress across the school and attainment is above average by the end of Year 6 in reading, writing and mathematics. Children make an excellent start to their education in the early years provision. They learn very quickly because they access an extremely wide range of activities that promote successful learning.