Holy Family Catholic Primary School


Name Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 18 June 2013
Address Ostley Bank, Newbarns, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA13 9LR
Phone Number 01229828018
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 231 (48% boys 52% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 16.1
Local Authority Cumbria
Percentage Free School Meals 7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 3.9%

Information about this school

This is an average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. (The pupil premium is additional funding provided for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from services families and those children that are looked after by the local authority.) The majority of pupils are from a White British heritage. The number of pupils who speak English as an additional language is well below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported through school action, school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is below average. Since the previous inspection the school has gained UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School Award and continues to hold Healthy School status, Activemark and Eco (Bronze) Award. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which is the minimum expected for pupils’ attainment and progress.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school. The school is highly valued by pupils, their families, staff and the local community. All staff contribute to the caring and supportive atmosphere. This encourages pupils to do well in all aspects of their academic achievement and personal development. From an early age, children enjoy school and are very keen to learn. Pupils’ behaviour in lessons and around school is often exemplary. Pupils feel happy and safe. Children get off to a good start with their learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and continue to make good progress during their time in school. Pupils achieve well and the proportion of pupils making the expected rate of progress is higher than that found nationally. Reading is a priority throughout the school as is spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Teaching is good overall and some is outstanding. Teachers provide good guidance and advice to help pupils with ways to improve their learning. There are many interesting activities in lessons which the pupils enjoy. They particularly like learning outdoors and the many trips and visitors to the school which capture their imagination and bring their learning to life. This is an improving school. Leaders have successfully introduced changes to enhance further the quality of teaching and pupils’ achievement. The dedicated governing body provides a good balance of support and challenge for the school. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Occasionally, activities in lessons do not provide the appropriate level of challenge for pupils of different abilities. Teachers do not always adapt lessons quickly enough to meet pupils’ needs. Pupils do not always have enough opportunity to solve challenging mathematical problems and explain how they have worked things out for themselves.