|Name||St Alphonsus RC Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||08 April 2014|
|Address||Hamilton Street, Off Stretford Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 7PT|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||209 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||19.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||29.9%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||28.2%|
Information about this school
This is an average-sized primary school. Many of the pupils are from minority ethnic groups. A significant proportion of pupils speak English as an additional language and some, who join the school at different stages throughout the year, are at an early stage of acquiring English. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is well above the national average. The pupil premium is additional funding for those known to be eligible for free school meals, children from service families and children who are looked after by the local authority. A broadly average proportion of pupils are supported through school action. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. The school meets the current floor standard for schools, which is the government’s minimum expectation for attainment and progress in English and mathematics at the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. From exceptionally low starting points on entering the Early Years Foundation Stage pupils make outstanding progress by the end of Year 6. Standards in reading and mathematics at the end of Year 6 were well above the national averages in 2013, and writing was above average. Teachers generate a great enthusiasm for learning among pupils. They expect the very best of pupils although they do not record the steps pupils achieve in their writing precisely enough. Pupils’ behaviour is invariably exemplary. Attitudes to learning are extremely positive and relationships are excellent. Pupils feel entirely safe in school and demonstrate this in the positive way that they contribute to its everyday life. The management of teaching and learning by senior leaders is highly effective and is a major contribution to pupils’ excellent achievement. The headteacher’s outstanding leadership over time has continued the drive for improvement since the previous inspection and taken it from good to outstanding. The governing body provides first-class support and challenge for the school and plays a crucial part in helping it to achieve its ambitions. Parents’ comments show that they are extremely happy with the care that the school provides and the progress that their children make.