|Name||St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Chipping|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Good|
|Inspection Date||22 January 2014|
|Address||Club Lane, Chipping, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 2QH|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||Unknown|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||18.8%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||Yes, our catchment area data is FREE|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School is much smaller than the average-sized primary school. All pupils are of White British heritage. The proportion of pupils supported through school action is above the national average. The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is average. No pupils are supported by the pupil premium. The pupil premium is additional government funding provided for children in local authority care, for children from armed service families, and for children known to be eligible for free school meals. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The headteacher joined the school in September 2013. Pupils are taught in three mixed-aged classes; Reception and Years 1 and 2 together, Years 3 and 4 together and Years 5 and 6 together. The number in each year group can be less than three. The school has recently achieved the Silver Active Mark award and Sainsbury Active Kids.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school. Achievement is good as it was at the previous inspection. The amount of progress that all groups of pupils make regardless of their starting points is good. Teaching is good and sometimes outstanding because teachers have good knowledge of what they are teaching and give pupils stimulating work to do. Reading is taught well. Pupils enjoy books and read for pleasure. Pupils who find learning difficult receive good support so they make good progress and achieve well. Teachers and other adults look after pupils well. Pupils thrive in a caring and supportive environment and are happy to be in school. Pupils say they feel safe and their behaviour is good both in classrooms and outdoors. The school has strong relationships with parents who are pleased with what the school provides. A lively and well-planned curriculum provides many opportunities for pupils to work with pupils in other schools, especially for sporting activities and the arts. The headteacher leads the school well. She checks teaching as well as the progress pupils are making in English and mathematics rigorously. The headteacher and governors work together effectively and with all the staff they have formed an efficient team to help raise standards further. It is not yet an outstanding school because : Mathematics does not have a high profile in the school and pupils do not get enough opportunities to develop their mathematical skills in subjects other than mathematics. Teachers are not involved fully in checking pupils’ progress. Teachers mark pupils’ work regularly but not all comments help pupils understand how to improve their work, nor do pupils have enough time to respond to their teachers’ comments. Lessons do not always have a quick pace all the way through, so pupils sometimes lose concentration.