|Name||St William’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Address||Ince Green Lane, Ince-in-Makerfield, Wigan, WN2 2DG|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||217 (48.8% boys 51.2% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||18.0|
|Percentage Free School Meals||33.5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||15%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||15.9%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Full Inspection (14 November 2018)
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Information about this school
The school is smaller than the average primary school. The proportion of girls is below the national average. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is much larger than the national average. The proportion of pupils who have English as an additional language is lower than the national average. The proportion of pupils with SEND is much larger than national for both SEND support and those who have an education, health and care plan. The school is situated in an area of high deprivation. Pupils enter St William’s with prior attainment that is well below the national average.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school Leaders place pupils at the heart of all their decisions. They provide very strong support for vulnerable pupils and their families. Pupils are safe and flourish personally, socially and emotionally. Leadership is strong. They know the strengths of the school and where it needs to improve further. They have taken effective action to reverse the dip in pupils’ achievement. The 2018 provisional key stage 2 results, alongside the progress of current pupils, clearly show that the school has recovered from the weaker outcomes of the past. Teaching is good. Creative activities and effective use of good-quality resources help pupils to achieve well across a range of subjects. Governors make a positive contribution to the school’s continued success. They ensure that leaders use additional funding well. Opportunities for pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development are rich and intertwined through the curriculum. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. Staff support pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) very well. They enjoy their learning and make good progress. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are strong. They demonstrate resilience and respect. They work cooperatively during learning. Pupils’ behaviour around the school is good. They show respect to each other and to adults. They are polite and welcoming to visitors. Pupils benefit from a broad and balanced curriculum. They have many opportunities to learn about interesting topics. During their time in the exciting and stimulating early-years environment children make good progress. The proportion of children that reach a good level of development is below average but improving over time. The transition from early years to key stage 1 does not help pupils to benefit well enough their strong foundations. This is especially true for writing. Pupils make good progress in writing throughout the school. However, due to their low starting points, the proportion of pupils working at the school’s age-related expectations is lower in writing than it is for reading and mathematics. Pupils’ rates of attendance at school are in line with the national average. However, the proportion of pupils that are regularly absent from school has increased steadily over the last three years.