St Marie’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Bury


Name St Marie’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Bury
Website http://www.stmariesrcp.co.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 01 December 2016
Address Edward Street, The Mosses, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0RZ
Phone Number 01617643204
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 244 (53% boys 47% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 21.4
Local Authority Bury
Percentage Free School Meals 12%
Percentage English is Not First Language 61.5%

Information about this school

St Marie’s is an average-sized school, situated in central Bury. It is a very popular school and has been oversubscribed for a number of years. Two thirds of pupils speak a first language other than English. This proportion is increasing. Most of these pupils are of eastern European or Asian heritage. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is similar to national, as is the proportion of pupils who are disadvantaged. There are more girls on role than boys. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. There is provision for before- and after-school care on the same site as the school which is subject to a different inspection. The school meets requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The headteacher has realised her aspiration of ensuring that the school provides an excellent education for all pupils, irrespective of their backgrounds or starting points. Governors and the headteacher have created a school culture where pupils are highly motivated and very keen to learn. Pupils feel very safe and happy in lessons and at social times. Teaching and learning is very well managed. Leaders’ expectations of teachers and teaching assistants are high. All staff work hard and successfully. There is a clear ‘St Marie’s way’ of doing things. Highly effective teaching is based on consistently applied principles from Nursery through to Year 6. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They enjoy school and participate with enthusiasm. In class they concentrate well and respond very positively to different sorts of tasks. Pupils are careful and courteous. They work and play cooperatively and enjoy a wide range of activities. They clearly care for each other. Leaders’ rigorous and principled approach has secured substantial improvement since the last inspection. Leaders know accurately how well pupils are achieving. However, their evaluation of the school’s improvement does not use pupils’ achievement sharply enough as a key measure of success. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is carefully nurtured from the moment they step inside this harmonious school. Pupils show respect for other children and adults. They listen well and are confident to express their opinions. An increasing majority of children start this school having spoken very little or no English. Provision to support these pupils is outstanding and so they learn English quickly. By the time pupils leave at the end of Year 6, they have typically made excellent progress across all subjects from low starting points. In the early years, children get off to an excellent start. The environment is stimulating and adults skilfully ensure that children develop quickly. Children are happy, very well looked after and love their learning. Excellent leadership and teaching ensure that pupils receive an outstanding academic education and make outstanding gains in their personal development. Pupils of all ages make rapid progress in mathematics as a result of the school’s concerted and effective work to improve teaching in this subject. Pupils’ skills in using English grammar and punctuation are not as strong as their other excellent skills in writing.