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All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School

Name All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 21 June 2012
Address Kitswell Road, Lanchester, Durham, DH7 0JG
Phone Number 01207520435
Type Primary
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 178 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 17.7
Percentage Free School Meals 4.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0.6%

Information about the school

This primary school is smaller than average. A smaller than average proportion of pupils is known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or those who have a statement of special educational needs is broadly average. Most pupils are of White British origin. The main exception is a small group of Traveller children. Numbers on roll have risen rapidly since the previous inspection and are due to rise again next year. The headteacher and deputy headteacher have both been appointed since the previous inspection. Both were existing members of staff. Two newly-qualified teachers have been appointed in the last two years. Amongst many other awards in recent years the school has received the Basic Skills Quality Mark and enhanced Healthy Schools status. It has been appointed a Climate Change Lead School. It has a sister school in Liberia and links with a school in Goa. Links are developing with a school in Venezuela. These have contributed to the school holding International School Award status. The school exceeds the current floor standards which sets the government’s minimum expectations for attainment and progress. 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

Key Findings

This is a good school. It is not yet outstanding because more teaching needs to be elevated from good to outstanding. The school has close ties to the Catholic Church and has a strong ethos. Its promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. The school is much admired by the very large majority of parents and carers. Pupils are very happy to attend and are proud of their school. Pupils achieve well. Standards of attainment are significantly higher than average in English and mathematics. Reading throughout the school is a particular strength, with many pupils making outstanding progress in this aspect of English. Progress in writing and mathematics is good across the school. Teaching is good. The way in which teachers motivate pupils by linking learning to real- life situations and experiences and topical events is outstanding. Pupils are encouraged to make good use of information and communication technology in many lessons. The marking and assessment of pupils’ work is usually good. It is stronger in literacy than numeracy. Occasionally, opportunities for pupils to take more responsibility to work with greater independence are missed. Behaviour is good and pupils develop a good understanding of how to keep themselves safe. Pupils get on very well with one another. They work hard in class, have good attitudes and are keen to learn. Instances of serious misbehaviour are very rare and relate to a very small minority. There is no evidence of discrimination amongst different groups of pupils. Attendance is broadly average. The headteacher has developed an ambitious and dedicated staff team. Management of staff performance is good, making extensive use of perceptive and accurate monitoring and evaluation. A comprehensive programme of training and development is helping to improve teaching and raise standards.