Our Lady & St Edward Primary & Nursery Catholic Voluntary Academy

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Our Lady & St Edward Primary & Nursery Catholic Voluntary Academy

Name Our Lady & St Edward Primary & Nursery Catholic Voluntary Academy
Website http://www.olseacademy.org.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 31 January 2012
Address Gordon Road, St Ann’s, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 2LG
Phone Number 01159155800
Type Academy
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 251
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Academy Sponsor Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust
Local Authority 892
Percentage Free School Meals 14.8%
Percentage English is Not First Language 56.6%
Persisitent Absence 4.8%
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.

Key findings

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.