St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

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About St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Monica McCarthy
Address 1 Pierrepoint Road, Acton, London, W3 9JR
Phone Number 02089926625
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 449
Local Authority Ealing
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils thrive in this nurturing and supportive school. The school develops pupils' knowledge and confidence through a rich curriculum and thought-provoking experiences.

Pupils excel in their learning. This is because the school has high academic ambitions for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Pupils are rightly very proud of the work that they produce in different subjects.

They are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Pupils' behaviour is exemplary. They listen attentively, are highly motivated and show respect and kindness to adults and each other.

This begins in years, where children are quick to learn and follow daily routines. As pupils get older, they increasingly take responsibility for their own behaviour and support each other's well-being.

The school provides pupils with a diverse range of opportunities to develop their talents and interests.

Pupils learn about helping others by, for example, engaging in fundraising activities or working with a variety of charitable organisations. The school places great importance on boosting pupils' confidence and communication. This work is focused on developing pupils' fluency in expressing themselves.

Pupils articulate their views and consider the perspectives of others exceptionally well.

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

The school's curriculum thinking is highly developed and ambitious for all, including pupils with SEND. The curriculum is designed to build and deepen knowledge over time.

It enables all pupils to learn successfully and embed new concepts and vocabulary securely and quickly.

Teachers have strong subject knowledge. Highly effective training is in place to ensure that staff have expertise across all curriculum areas.

Teachers check pupils' understanding systematically and address any misconceptions quickly. This helps pupils to learn and remember more over time. For example, in mathematics, children in Reception have repeated opportunities to practise counting and grouping numbers in different ways.

Older pupils use this growing knowledge of number to solve increasingly complex problems. Another example is in art, where the curriculum promotes pupils' progression as artists in a step-by-step manner. For instance, children in Reception begin by creating their own portraits with chalk.

These skills are further developed and extended year on year, and by Year 6, pupils are skilled in producing portraits using the techniques and mediums that they have learned about.

Staff also receive extensive training on how to meet the needs of pupils with SEND. They use a range of well-chosen strategies to ensure that pupils with SEND achieve exceptionally well.

Leaders swiftly identify any additional needs that pupils may have and ensure bespoke support is put in place.Leaders place a strong emphasis on pupils learning to read from the very start of Reception. Staff continuously monitor and assess pupils' learning to ensure they swiftly identify any pupils falling behind.

They provide precise and highly effective support so that these pupils catch up and keep up. This helps pupils to read with fluency and confidence. The school ensures that books for pupils at the early stages of reading are well matched to their phonics knowledge.

Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning. They are highly focused and engaged during lessons. In early years, children are also highly motivated.

They share and cooperate well with each other. Leaders ensure that attendance is high. They have robust procedures in place and work closely with parents and carers to support pupils to attend school regularly and on time.

The school has developed a thoughtful and well-planned personal development programme that is rooted in the values of the school. Pupils are supported to contribute positively to both the school and local community. For example, pupils visit a local care home and work together with the residents on a variety of arts and crafts projects.

By Year 6, every pupil is encouraged to participate in school life through taking on ambassador roles. These responsibilities range from caring for the school pet, to serving as a librarian or acting as an eco-warrior. To nurture pupils' well-being, leaders have established weekly coaching groups.

These sessions foster an environment where pupils feel confident to express their feelings and understand the importance of caring for others. Embedded within the curriculum are purposeful educational outings, visits, and workshops that further enrich pupils' education.

The school provides pupils with an exceptional education.

The priority given to high-quality professional development for all staff plays a key role in the school's success. Staff enjoy working here. They respond positively to leaders' commitment to developing and refining the excellent provision on offer continually.

Leaders listen to staff and work with them to ensure that workload is manageable.

Parents hold a very positive view of the school and the education it offers.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

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