St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale

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About St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale

Name St Vincent’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Rochdale
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Mary Brooks
Address Edenfield Road, Norden, Rochdale, OL12 7QL
Phone Number 01706642469
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary aided school
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 375
Local Authority Rochdale
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils, including children in the early years, enjoy coming to school.

They appreciate the positive relationships that they have with adults. Pupils know that adults will help them if they need any support. This helps pupils to feel safe.

Pupils are confident and articulate. From the early years, children learn to develop their communication skills by posing questions to visitors. Older pupils form special friendship groups with younger pupils.

They enjoy celebrating together. In this way, older pupils act as positive role models for their younger friends.

Leaders expect all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (...SEND), to achieve well.

Pupils live up to these expectations in those subjects where there is published data. However, in other subjects beyond English and mathematics, pupils do not achieve as well as they could. This is because the school's curriculum does not help pupils build up their long-term knowledge.

Pupils behave well. For example, they move around school sensibly and calmly. They show that they can 'walk with pride'.

During lessons, most pupils concentrate and focus on their learning. They are keen to develop their knowledge.

Older pupils take part in a range of clubs, such as rugby, football and art.

Pupils are proud of their sporting achievements. Many pupils develop their musical talents by learning to play an instrument.

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

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the school has prioritised developing pupils' learning in early reading and mathematics.

In these subjects, staff understand what pupils need to learn and how new learning builds on what they already know. They carry out regular checks and use this information to make sure that pupils do not have gaps in their learning. As a result, pupils achieve well in these subjects.

This is reflected in the 2022 published data for key stages 1 and 2.

In many other subjects, the curriculum is not well organised. The school has not given enough thought to the essential knowledge that pupils should learn and the order in which this should be taught.

This means that pupils do not build their knowledge logically and securely from Year 1 to Year 6. At times, pupils' learning is disjointed.

The school ensures that teachers receive helpful support to teach some subjects.

However, the guidance that is provided for many subjects is underdeveloped. Subject leadership in these areas is not as effective as it should be. Consequently, teachers do not know exactly what they should be teaching or how best to deliver subject content.

This also makes it difficult for teachers to check how well pupils are learning new knowledge. It hinders how well pupils learn in these subjects.

In contrast, the curriculum in the early years is ambitious and well organised.

It clearly maps out what children will learn in all areas of learning. Children achieve well. They are well prepared for key stage 1.

The school ensures that there is a sharp focus on early reading. Children learn letter sounds as soon as they enter the Reception Year. They quickly develop the skills that they need to become fluent, confident readers.

Children and pupils read books that contain the sounds that they know. This means that they experience success as readers. Occasionally, a small number of pupils do not keep up with the pace of learning within the phonics programme.

The school prioritises these pupils so that they receive the support that they need to develop essential reading knowledge.

The school makes sure that pupils with SEND are identified as early as possible. It works with staff and external partners to give pupils the support that they need.

This helps pupils with SEND to achieve as well as others in the school.

Pupils behave well. They attend school regularly.

Pupils are proud of their school and value being part of the community. Everyone is welcome at the school, and pupils are supportive of one another. They learn about differences between people and families.

Pupils show high levels of tolerance and respect for other people. They benefit from high-quality social and emotional support should they need it.

The school ensures that pupils develop empathy and are generous towards others.

For example, pupils support their local community by holding fundraising events for charities. Each year, the school council creates a petition linked to helping others, which they then present in the Houses of Parliament. Pupils develop their leadership skills by taking on responsibilities, such as digital leaders and mathematics leaders.

They are well prepared to grow up in modern Britain.

The staff enjoy being part of the school team. They appreciate the support and consideration that is given to their well-being.

The school considers how changes may impact on staff workload. Staff appreciate how their views are sought and listened to.

The school holds meetings throughout the year to inform parents and carers about their children's education.

Parents of children in the Reception Year value the wealth of information that they receive to help prepare their child to start school.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In many curriculums, the school has not identified the key knowledge that it wants pupils to learn and when this should be taught.

This means that pupils do not build a secure body of knowledge over time. The school should ensure that subject curriculums are designed to enable pupils to know and remember more. ? The school has not developed subject leadership expertise.

In turn, staff lack clarity about what they should teach and how to deliver subject content effectively. The school should ensure that staff have the knowledge, skills and expertise that they need to successfully implement the curriculum. ? The school does not ensure that checks on learning identify pupils' missing or insecure knowledge.

This means that the school cannot address pupils' misunderstandings or gaps in knowledge effectively. As a result, pupils do not learn the essential knowledge from the curriculum. The school should ensure that staff check what pupils know and understand so that they learn more effectively over time.

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