St. Chad’s Church of England Primary and Nursery School

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About St. Chad’s Church of England Primary and Nursery School

Name St. Chad’s Church of England Primary and Nursery School
Ofsted Inspections
Headteacher Mrs Catherine Speed
Address Gladstone Street, Winsford, CW7 4AT
Phone Number 01606663683
Phase Primary
Type Voluntary controlled school
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 209
Local Authority Cheshire West and Chester
Highlights from Latest Inspection


St. Chad's Church of England Primary and Nursery School continues to be a good school.

What is it like to attend this school?

Pupils are happy to attend this welcoming school. Leaders and staff are ambitious for the achievement of pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). They also ensure that pupils' experiences contribute to the vision of 'a future with hope'.

Pupils achieve well in the majority of subjects.

Leaders have created a strong sense of inclusion and community at the school. They create opportunities for pupils to work alongside members of the local community - supporting town and church activities.

Pupils flour...ish in leadership roles such as play leader and house captain.

Pupils have a strong understanding of equality and diversity. They know the importance of treating each other with respect.

They said that 'we are all unique in our own special way'.

Pupils said that they feel safe. Leaders and teachers deal effectively with the few incidents of bullying.

Leaders have high expectations for behaviour. Pupils behave well most of the time.

Pupils enjoy learning and playing in the outdoors.

This helps them to be active and healthy. The school's links with a local farm provide pupils with first-hand learning experiences across the curriculum. Pupils also benefit from day and residential visits and a wide range of clubs which enrich the curriculum.

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

Leaders have designed an ambitious curriculum for all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND. Teachers are well trained to deliver the curriculum and they have secure subject knowledge.

Typically, the curriculum is taught as leaders intend.

Teachers make checks on pupils' learning. This helps them to identify which pupils need more help or guidance. However, at times, teachers do not provide pupils with enough opportunity to revisit their previous learning so that new knowledge builds on it and is fully secure.

In mathematics, for example, older pupils have learned times table facts. However, their fluency in recalling and using these facts to tackle equivalent fractions or word problems is not as strong as it could be.

Leaders have introduced a clearly sequenced phonics curriculum.

Children learn phonics from the early years. Teachers in the early years and key stage 1 build pupils' phonic knowledge skilfully. They make sure that pupils read books that are well matched to their phonic knowledge.

Teachers are swift to spot any pupils who may be falling behind in their reading. Staff help these pupils to catch up quickly. Older pupils are developing effective reading habits.

They speak enthusiastically about books and authors they have studied.

Children in the early years settle into school life quickly. They have a well-developed understanding of the classroom routines.

However, the curriculum is not as well designed as it is in the rest of the school. Leaders have not considered the sequencing of learning across the Nursery and Reception classes. This results in fragmented learning.

However, by the end of the early years, children are usually well prepared for the continuation of their learning in Year 1.

Leaders ensure that pupils with SEND are identified accurately. Detailed learning plans set out precisely the help that these pupils should receive in school.

This enables pupils with SEND to access the same curriculum as other pupils. Staff work closely with outside agencies and specialist providers to ensure that pupils with SEND receive the support that they need. These pupils make similar progress to other pupils in school.

Pupils behave well for the majority of the time. They rarely disturb the learning of their peers. Pupils learn about their rights and responsibilities as future citizens.

They understand the importance of developing respectful relationships with people who may be different from them. Pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

Pupils enjoy the wide range of opportunities available to them, including swimming.

Older pupils speak enthusiastically about a variety of residential visits, including to London. They enjoy the range of outdoor learning opportunities, either at the farm or on the school's allotment. Leaders ensure that pupils learn about the wider world.

They learn about different cultures and religions. This helps ensure that pupils are prepared for their next stage of learning.

Governors are well informed about the quality of education that pupils receive.

They know the school and its community well. Governors worked effectively to check that leaders addressed the areas identified for improvement at the last inspection. Staff feel respected and valued.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Leaders have developed effective procedures to identify those pupils and families at risk or in need of help and support. These procedures draw on a range of information, including attendance and behaviour.

A number of school staff are employed to support vulnerable pupils. Leaders also seek more specialist support from other agencies, including play and art therapists. Staff have been appropriately trained.

They know the school's procedures for reporting concerns. The curriculum supports pupils to keep themselves safe and includes the teaching of online and road safety.

What does the school need to do to improve?

(Information for the school and appropriate authority)

• In some subjects, pupils are not fully secure in the knowledge and understanding that leaders intend them to gain.

This is because pupils do not have enough opportunity to revisit and embed their learning before moving on to new ideas. Leaders should ensure that teachers provide greater opportunities for pupils to recap what they know so that they build on their prior learning over time. ? Children's learning does not build in a logical order across the early years.

This means that in these classes, it is more difficult for teachers to design learning that builds securely on what pupils already know and can do. Leaders should review and improve the sequencing of the curriculum to clearly identified end points so that children build securely on earlier learning.


When we have judged a school to be good, we will then normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good.

This is called an ungraded inspection, and it is carried out under section 8 of the Education Act 2005. We do not give graded judgements on an ungraded inspection. However, if we find evidence that a school would now receive a higher or lower grade, then the next inspection will be a graded inspection, which is carried out under section 5 of the Act.

Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the ungraded inspection. If we have serious concerns about safeguarding, behaviour or the quality of education, we will deem the ungraded inspection a graded inspection immediately.

This is the first ungraded inspection since we judged the school to be good in June 2017.

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