|Name||St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||02 July 2013|
|Address||North Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 2BU|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||225 (52% boys 48% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.3|
|Percentage Free School Meals||3%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||6.7%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||3.1%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Joseph’s is an average-sized primary school mainly serving the local Catholic community within the broader Hertford area. During this year the headteacher has shared his time between St Joseph’s and another local school he supports. Nearly all of the pupils come from White British backgrounds, and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium, which in this school provides additional funding for pupils who are known to eligible for free school meals, is very low. The proportion of pupils supported through school action, school action plus or with a statement of special educational need is well below average. The school meets the government floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Pupils make good progress because they are taught well throughout the school. Teaching is typically good, and some is outstanding. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage make increasingly good progress in all areas of their learning and development in a stimulating environment. Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Pupils show excellent attitudes to learning. They are welcoming, courteous and well mannered. Pupils feel secure and valued within the school community. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They are a credit to the school and to their families. The headteacher, staff and governors share high expectations for all pupils to achieve well. Their ambition and a strong sense of commitment and teamwork among staff have helped to ensure that teaching and learning have improved markedly this year. The governors are regular visitors to the school and know it well. They have a clear understanding of what the school needs to do next in order to improve further. Parents are very positive about the school and praise the leadership, teaching and quality of care that the school takes for their children. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Not enough teaching is outstanding. Teachers do not always allow pupils enough time to talk together about their learning. The skilled, expert questions they ask pupils to extend their learning in some lessons are not yet a routine feature across the school. Standards in mathematics were not as high as in English last year. Teaching of mathematics has improved this year, but pupils are not yet making consistently rapid progress in the subject.