|Name||Our Lady & St Edward Primary & Nursery Catholic Voluntary Academy|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||31 January 2012|
|Address||Gordon Road, St Ann’s, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 2LG|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||251|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||26.3|
|Academy Sponsor||Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||14.8%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||56.6%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||5.6%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about the school
This is similar in size to most primary schools. In September 2011 it became an academy. Our Lady and St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, two other Nottingham City Catholic primary schools and the secondary school to which pupils transfer now form South Nottingham Catholic Academy Trust. The academy retains its former buildings. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is well above the national average. The majority of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds; the largest groups represented are Black African and Black Caribbean. There is a wide range of other minority ethnic groups and in all there are 25 languages other than English represented. About a third of pupils are in the early stages of learning to speak English. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, including those with a statement of educational needs, is in line with that of most schools. The academy meets the current floor standard. A breakfast club runs each morning and is the responsibility of the governing body.
This is a good school, which is rapidly improving. Achievement has improved and standards are still rising. By the end of Year 6, standards in English and mathematics are above average. Pupils with special educational needs and disabled pupils, and those who speak English as an additional language achieve well. Attainment gaps between lower ability pupils and the national average are closing. Within Key Stage 1, progress is more rapid in writing than in reading and mathematics. Children develop skills well and make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, though some opportunities are missed to help them to develop independence when playing and learning outside. Assessments made soon after joining the Reception Year are not fully accurate so do not give a true picture of the rates of progress children make as they move through the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Pupils behave extremely well in class and around school and have exceptionally positive attitudes to learning. They are cared for very well. They enjoy school a great deal. They are confident that any rare incidents of misbehaviour will be dealt with quickly and effectively. The quality of teaching is good. Teachers make learning interesting and successfully engage pupils’ interest and enthusiasm. Teachers assess pupils’ progress accurately and use this information to carefully plan the next steps for learning. The curriculum is very well thought out. It matches pupils’ needs exceptionally well and motivates them through giving them a clear purpose to learning. Leadership and management are outstanding. Leaders at all levels have an excellent understanding of what the academy does well and where it needs to improve. There is a high level of commitment to ongoing improvement.