St Aloysius’ RC Voluntary Aided Junior School

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St Aloysius’ RC Voluntary Aided Junior School


Name St Aloysius’ RC Voluntary Aided Junior School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 30 September 2015
Address Argyle Street, Hebburn, Tyne and Wear, NE31 1BQ
Phone Number 01914832274
Type Primary
Age Range 7-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 239 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 18.6
Local Authority South Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 11.3%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2.9%
Persisitent Absence 4.5%
Pupils with SEN Support 12.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about this school

This is an average-sized junior school. It is federated with St Aloysius RC Infant School. The two schools share the same governing body. The vast majority of pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium (additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families, those that are looked after and those who have been in the public care system) is average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs is average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6. Since the previous inspection, the structure of the school leadership team has changed and the governing body has reconstituted.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school School leaders and governors, together with the dynamic and highly effective headteacher, have ensured that St Aloysius’ has improved at a rapid pace since the last inspection. The quality of education at this school is now outstanding. Staff at all levels have a keen eye on the progress and well-being of every pupil at school. Should anyone begin to fall behind or struggle socially, high-quality support is swiftly arranged. School systems for checking the quality of teaching and the progress pupils are making are first-rate. These enable the school to support pupils as individuals. The quality of teaching is characterised by excellent and responsive planning. Teachers are acutely aware of how well pupils are progressing in lessons. They reshape lessons the next day to help to push pupils further forward or to cover any concept which needs more focus. A few pupils do not always fully understand how to apply their mathematical skills and understanding when solving problems and in practical situations. The curriculum is outstanding. The extra-curricular offer is strong and includes a wide variety of sporting and musical opportunities. The residential programme is valued by pupils. The behaviour of the pupils is outstanding. They are polite and courteous in lessons and around school. They show a love of learning and get down to work very quickly, with a high level of enthusiasm. They show an excellent level of resilience in lessons. Pupils attend school regularly; they are punctual to school and to lessons. Pupils show care towards one another. They understand that everyone is different and that all are equal. In this way, they show a tolerance that is important in modern-day Britain. Their spiritual development is particularly well catered for. Pupils make excellent progress in reading, writing and mathematics. Those that are more able, those with special educational needs and those whose circumstances could put them at a disadvantage all make rapid progress from their starting points. They reach standards that are above average and make greater progress than their peers nationally. The school is successful in striving for excellence. It offers a warm welcome and a content and secure environment. This ethos, as captured by the school motto and school prayer, is alive within school.