The Willows Catholic Primary School, Kirkham

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The Willows Catholic Primary School, Kirkham


Name The Willows Catholic Primary School, Kirkham
Website http://www.willows.lancs.sch.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 01 December 2015
Address Victoria Road, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2BT
Phone Number 01772684371
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 203 (47% boys 53% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.3
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 13%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%
Persisitent Absence 2.2%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.8%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

The Willows is a smaller than average-sized primary school. The overwhelming majority of pupils are White British. The proportion of pupils known to be disadvantaged is in line with the national average (disadvantaged pupils are deemed by the government to be those who are eligible for free school meals or those who are looked after). The proportion of pupils identified as having special educational needs or a disability is in line with the national average. The school met the floor targets in the last three years (these targets are the minimum attainment and rate of progress expected by the government).

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Pupils are at the heart of the school. The Willows is an outstanding place to learn and develop. The main reason why the school has improved from good to outstanding, and continues to improve, is the exceptional leadership of the headteacher. She has set up a culture in which there are high expectations and ambitions for, and of, all staff and pupils. The staff are motivated, dedicated and are positive role models for the children. Every child.s success is at the heart of all decisions by leaders but also by teachers in their lessons. Adults ensure that pupils have teaching and a curriculum that give them skills for life and prepare them for life in modern Britain. Teachers. high expectations of pupils, very good knowledge of the subjects they teach and skilful questioning has resulted in pupils. very good progress in a range of subjects. All groups of pupils make rapid progress from their starting points. They are also very creative, artistic and musical. Pupils. progress and outcomes in French and in sport are also a strength. Adults teach and foster other skills such as independence, confidence and self-belief. Pupils are well prepared for their next stage of education and for life. Provision for the youngest children is outstanding. Excellent teaching in the Reception Class enables all groups of children to make at least good progress so that most children are ready for Year 1. Adults. depth of knowledge about the children enables them to provide a curriculum which allows children to get off to the best start. Adults work hard and are highly effective in making pupils feel safe. As pupils commented to an inspector, „We tell adults our worries and they encourage us to be the best we can be.. Pupils. mental, emotional and physical health and well-being are a high priority. Pupils are well-mannered, polite and friendly. Their keenness and enthusiasm in lessons aids their progress. Attendance is high and behaviour and bullying incidents are low. Governance is outstanding. Governors are skilled, knowledgeable and have very good oversight over what is happening in school. They have taken decisions that have improved pupils. outcomes. Leaders. actions have improved teaching and pupils. outcomes particularly in music, writing and computing. Pupils. written work in history, geography and science are not as high quality as they are in English and mathematics. Full report