St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School

Name St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 11 May 2016
Address Spring Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 3EF
Phone Number 01273327533
Type Primary
Age Range 3-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 227 (50% boys 50% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 19.3
Percentage Free School Meals 16.6%
Percentage English is Not First Language 55.9%

Information about this school

The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. The proportion of pupils supported by the pupil premium is higher than that found in most schools. The pupil premium is additional government funding to support those pupils known to be eligible for free school meals and looked after children. The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is above the national average, as is the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs or disability is above the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress. The school provides part-time early years provision in a Nursery class and full-time early years provision in a Reception class. The school meets the requirements on the publication of specified information on its website.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Teaching has improved substantially since the previous inspection. Consistently good teaching and assessment ensure that pupils learn well. Leaders have secured substantial, sustained improvements in the quality of pupils’ work and in their achievement. Pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics. They achieve well by the end of Year 6 and are well prepared for secondary school. Standards are much higher at the end of both key stages in reading, writing and mathematics than at the time of the previous inspection. The curriculum makes a strong contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school is a highly inclusive, friendly and welcoming community. Pupils behave well. They are considerate, courteous and respectful towards adults and each other. Pupils feel valued and very safe. Leaders have developed a positive, stimulating and caring atmosphere in early years. As a result, children thoroughly enjoy school and thrive. Disadvantaged pupils make the same good progress as their classmates. Governors have a good understanding of the school’s strengths and play an effective role in its development. They share the headteacher’s ambition for the school and for all groups of pupils. Parents are highly positive about the school’s work. Leaders and teachers ensure that those pupils new to the school learn routines and make friends quickly so they feel secure and comfortable. Leaders provide effective support for pupils who speak English as an additional language so that they make the same good progress as their classmates. It is not yet an outstanding school because : The most-able pupils do not always achieve their full potential in mathematics. Some pupils’ progress in mathematics is hampered by difficulty in understanding technical language.