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 A Harrop
Address Orchard Road, Altrincham, WA15 8EY
Phone Number 01619118040
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 629
Local Authority Trafford
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Main findings

This outstanding school is successfully providing education and care of the highest quality for all its pupils.

All outcomes are outstanding. The school ethos is extremely warm and welcoming, setting high expectations. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly supportive of the school.

One comment succinctly summarises the many positive views expressed: 'This is a fantastic school where children are happy, progress well, and where respect for others underpins everything that is done!' Standards are consistently high and achievement is outstanding. The excellent progress made by pupils is the result of the outstanding teaching they receive. Pupils are highly motivated to learn.

Teachers their pupils extremely well and constantly monitor and assess their progress. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported exceptionally well. Well-trained teaching assistants make a significant contribution to learning.

The school believes each pupil is unique and can succeed, and does everything possible to ensure that they do. As one parent/carer commented, 'This is a wonderful school that celebrates each child as an individual.' Behaviour is outstanding.

Pupils are exceptionally polite, friendly and courteous, showing great respect for adults and each other. They show high levels of social responsibility. Attendance is high, reflecting pupils' enjoyment of school.

Pastoral care is excellent. As one parent/carer remarked, 'The school has a lovely balance between the academic and the pastoral. There is a strong sense of inclusiveness which encourages good levels of family involvement.'

The curriculum is enhanced by visits, special events and themed weeks. Visitors help to extend pupils' knowledge of the wider world. A range of extra-curricular activities is offered, including sports, which help pupils to lead healthy lifestyles.

The outstanding and determined leadership of the headteacher has ensured that the amalgamation of the former infant and junior schools has been managed extremely successfully. Together with the highly capable senior leadership team and staff, the headteacher has worked tirelessly to form an integrated community. There is no complacency and leaders and managers continuously identify ways to improve and ensure that the high quality provision is maintained.

For example, the curriculum is currently under review. Members of the governing body are exceptionally knowledgeable, loyal and experienced. They take an active and critical part in leading the school.

They care deeply about pupils' academic and personal achievements. The school knows its strengths and knows exactly what it needs to do to maintain high standards. Capacity to improve and value for money are outstanding.

Information about the school

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School is much larger than the average sized primary school. It was formed from the amalgamation of St Vincent's Catholic Infant School and St Vincent's Catholic Junior School in September 2010. The headteacher was formerly the headteacher of the infant school.

The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is much lower than average. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is below average.

The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school has a nursery run by the governing body, which was included in this school inspection. The registered provision for childcare before and after school, 'Fun After 4', is run by a separate provider, and is inspected separately.

Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

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