|Name||Our Lady Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Requires improvement|
|Inspection Date||05 December 2017|
|Address||Woodhall Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, AL7 3TF|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||217 (45% boys 55% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.5|
|Percentage Free School Meals||5%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||31.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||9.2%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
The school does not meet requirements on the publication of information about key stage 2 results, pupil premium, sport premium and governors. There have been numerous issues affecting staffing over the past year, some of which are ongoing and of a serious nature. Four teachers took periods of planned leave during the last academic year. The school meets current floor standards. These are the minimum standards, set by the government, for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a school that requires improvement Pupils’ progress at the end of key stage 2 is not good. The results of the key stage 2 national tests in 2017 showed that pupils made much less progress than other pupils nationally in English and mathematics. Pupils make variable progress throughout the school in English, mathematics and a range of other subjects. The progress of disadvantaged pupils and those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities is also inconsistent. Teachers’ expectations of what pupils are capable of achieving are not always high enough. Where this is the case, pupils do not make the rapid progress that they should. Leaders and governors do not monitor the effectiveness of teaching methods (interventions) for individual pupils who have fallen behind closely enough. Some interventions are allowed to continue for too long when they are not having enough impact on pupils’ progress. The school has the following strengths The headteacher provides strong leadership. She has managed to maintain the school’s good quality of education overall during a time of unprecedented challenges. Pupils are starting to make better progress as a result of recent improvements in the quality of teaching, particularly in mathematics and reading comprehension. Pupils rightly feel safe at school. There is very little bullying and, when it does occur, it is sorted out quickly by staff. Children get off to a good start in the early years. The proportion of children that reach a good level of development by the end of the Reception Year is above the national average. The school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development particularly well. Pupils are kind, thoughtful, respectful and well-mannered as a result. Pupils behave very well. They follow the school’s rules because expectations are high and consequences are applied consistently. Phonics is taught very well. Pupils make good progress in learning to recognise words in order to read fluently. Results in the Year 1 phonics screening check are above the national average.