St Bede’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, South Shields

About St Bede’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, South Shields Browse Features

St Bede’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, South Shields


Name St Bede’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, South Shields
Website http://www.stbedessouthshields.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 20 March 2013
Address Claypath Lane, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 4PG
Phone Number 01914560108
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 236 (46% boys 54% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.1
Local Authority South Tyneside
Percentage Free School Meals 9.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.1%
Persisitent Absence 7.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.3%
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 primary school. The Nursery class is part time, running each morning. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds. A small but increasing minority are from other ethnic backgrounds. The percentage speaking English as an additional language is below average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action is below average. The proportion of pupils supported by school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well below average. The proportion of pupils who are supported through the pupil premium is close to average. (The pupil premium is funding provided to support pupils who are known to be eligible for free school meals, looked after children and the children of services personnel.) Fewer pupils leave or enter school except at the usual starting points than in most other schools. The school is above floor targets.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school. Pupils work hard and are very enthusiastic about their learning. Outstanding progress is made throughout the school and by the time pupils leave standards are much higher than those found nationally. These very high standards have been maintained year on year and apply to all pupils in the school. Those who are eligible for the pupil premium achieve particularly well. At each key stage the school is extremely good at making sure pupils are very well prepared for their next step. Teaching of literacy and mathematics is exceptional. Lessons are interesting and lively. Pupils know what is expected of them and get on confidently with their work. Occasionally teaching in some other subjects does not always present the right level of challenge for all pupils. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are polite, confident and respectful towards each other and adults. Parents are highly supportive and feel their children are very safe in school. The ethos of the school is wonderful. Everyone involved, including governors, is passionate about the school and fully involved in its work. Everyone is proud of how they contribute to its success. Highly supportive teamwork led sensitively by the headteacher has enabled the school to look honestly and thoughtfully at how to improve further. Staff have worked successfully to improve the teaching of writing across the school. This has led to sustained improvement since the last inspection. A varied and interesting curriculum includes a wide range of visits out and events in school. The school is rightly proud of its achievements in sport. All pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of sporting activities, while the school teams continue to be highly successful.