|Name||St Thomas More Roman Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Address||Bleakwood Road, Chatham, ME5 0NF|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||420 (47.6% boys 52.4% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||23.4|
|Percentage Free School Meals||6.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||9.5%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||19.7%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
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Information about this school
This is a larger-than-average-sized primary school. The school serves a mixed area that includes the local parish as well as communities further afield. The school runs a breakfast club and an after-school club. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught in two Reception classes. All pupils are educated on the school site. The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is above average. The proportion of those supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above average. The proportion of pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding (extra government funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children looked after by local authorities, and children of service families) is below average. In 2011, the school was part of a national best practice survey in primary mathematics. The headteacher is a local leader of education and supports two local primary schools. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. In the words of one staff member, ‘I feel privileged to work in such an outstanding school as St Thomas More.’ Pupils achieve very well. Standards reached by all pupils by the end of Year 6 are very high compared to those reached by pupils in other schools. Outstanding teaching over time enables pupils to make good or better progress in all subjects. As a result, all groups, regardless of their level of ability, special educational needs or background, are doing very well throughout the school. Pupils, parents and carers are proud of their school. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and they say they feel very safe. Pupils have a mature attitude towards their learning. They are polite and courteous, and readily accept responsibility. The headteacher provides excellent direction for the school to improve. She identifies areas for improvement accurately and acts quickly to deal with them. Teachers are skilled at planning challenging, interesting activities where pupils learn in meaningful everyday ways. Teachers’ marking makes sure that pupils know how to improve the quality of their work. Children receive a good start to school life in the Early Years Foundation Stage where they are taught well by a highly committed team. Leadership and management at all levels, including governance, are outstanding. The headteacher regularly and thoroughly checks that all teaching is helping all pupils make at least good progress. Leaders set demanding targets to make sure that the school carries on improving.