|Name||St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wetherby|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||23 October 2013|
|Address||Barley Fields Road, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6PR|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||233 (49% boys 51% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3.4%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||1.3%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||15.5%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is an average-sized primary school. The majority of children are of White British heritage. A few children are from minority ethnic backgrounds. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is below average. (The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for children in local authority care, for children from armed services families and for children known to be eligible for free school meals.) The deputy headteacher has held this post since May 2013. Two teachers also started at the school in September 2013. The school meets the government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There is a breakfast and an after-school club on the school site which are not managed by the governing body. These are subject to separate inspections and reports of their quality are available on the Ofsted website. The school has the Healthy Schools Award and Inclusion Mark.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school. Pupils’ achievement is outstanding. From the time they enter school, pupils consistently make rapid progress in English and mathematics. When they leave at the end of Year 6, pupils reach standards that are significantly above average. Teaching is outstanding and contributes strongly to the outstanding progress pupils make over time. Lessons are exciting and well planned. Teachers have an excellent understanding of pupils’ individual needs and set work which enables them to make rapid progress. Pupils learn exceptionally well. Teaching assistants provide high quality support for pupils’ learning. They make an excellent contribution to pupils’ progress. Pupils thoroughly enjoy school which is why attendance is above average. Pupils thrive in a supportive and caring environment and say they always feel safe. Their enthusiasm for learning adds to the progress they make. Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding both in and around school and they treat each other and adults with respect. The headteacher provides strong leadership with a clear determination to continue to raise standards. He has developed a very strong team to lead teaching and the curriculum although the skills of middle leaders are not as well developed. School self-evaluation is accurate. All leaders are highly ambitious for the school and take every opportunity to work with others to improve the school continually. A stimulating and well planned curriculum ensures there are exciting opportunities which broaden pupils’ horizons. The governing body has a wide range of skills, expertise and experience which helps the school enormously. It works extremely closely with the school to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met well.