St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Anderton

Name St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Anderton
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 22 November 2010
Address Rothwell Road, Anderton, Chorley, Lancashire, PR6 9LZ
Phone Number 01257480598
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 196 (42% boys 58% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 24.6
Local Authority Lancashire
Percentage Free School Meals 9.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 2%

Information about the school

This below average-sized primary school serves a predominantly White British population and small numbers of pupils from other minority ethnic heritages. None of the minority groups are at the early stages of learning English. A very small number of pupils are looked after by the local authority. Few pupils are known to be eligible for free school meals. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is below average. The school has several awards, including Healthy School status; Activemark and Eco-mark Silver.

Main findings

This is a good school that provides good value for money. The outstanding features of this highly caring school include: pupils’ achievement and very well developed skills; their excellent levels of knowledge about keeping healthy and safe and their high attendance. Pupils and parents are mostly very satisfied with the school’s work and a typical parental view is ’St Joseph’s is a friendly and welcoming school. It has a good standard of teaching.’ Children enter reception with skills and abilities that are broadly typical for their age. They generally progress well, with good gains in personal, social and emotional development and communication, language and literacy. Although there are strengths in the teaching, curriculum and care, the overall provision and leadership and management of the Early Years Foundation Stage are satisfactory. This is because there are shortcomings in the use of assessment information to guide teaching and in the outdoor curriculum provided for these young children. As children leave reception, their skills and abilities are often a little above average for their age. Attainment at the end of Years 2 and 6 is high and the progress pupils make is good. End of Key Stage 2 national test results in 2010 were particularly strong for the highest attaining pupils in reading and mathematics. Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, those from minority ethnic backgrounds and the very few looked after by the local authority also make good progress. The modified programmes for these pupils are well taught and effective. The good quality teaching and curriculum are appreciated by the pupils and ensure that the learning and progress are good, overall. The rate of progress is a little uneven because : there are inconsistencies in the way that assessment information is used to fully challenge all of the pupils. In particular, these inconsistencies are seen in the variable ways that learning targets are set for pupils and the way that marking does not always give a clear picture of achievement and areas to improve. Through good self-evaluation and commitment to the school, senior leaders have a thorough knowledge of its strengths and areas for development. The school employs a wide range of effective procedures to gather views from all stakeholders and there is plenty of evidence that their comments are taken into account. Consequently, the capacity for sustained improvement is good.