St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

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St Paul’s Church of England Primary School

Name St Paul’s Church of England Primary School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 19 September 2011
Address Warrington Road, Goose Green, Wigan, Lancashire, WN3 6SB
Phone Number 01942243068
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Church of England
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Academy Sponsor Liverpool Diocesan Schools Trust
Local Authority Wigan
Percentage Free School Meals 10.6%
Persisitent Absence 6.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 9.6%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE
Last Distance Offered Information Available No

Information about the school

Saint Paul’s C of E is slightly smaller than the average-sized primary school. The great majority of pupils is White British and the proportions that speak English as an additional language or are known to be eligible for free school meals are below average. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is broadly average. The proportion that has a statement of special educational needs, largely for pupils on the autistic spectrum, is high and has increased greatly since the previous inspection. The school holds many awards including Healthy Schools, Green Flag, Church School Partnership, International School Foundation Stage and Investors in People. Over the past four months, the school has experienced significant changes in staffing. The deputy headteacher and assistant headteacher have recently taken up their posts in an acting capacity and two classes are being taught by temporary teachers. A privately run pre-school nursery and out-of-school club operates on the school site. It did not form part of this inspection, but a report of its quality can be found on the Ofsted website. Inspection grades: 1 is outstanding, 2 is good, 3 is satisfactory and 4 is inadequate Please turn to the glossary for a description of the grades and inspection terms

Main findings

This outstanding school provides high-quality education for its pupils within a warm, exceptionally supportive, environment. As one pupil said, ‘This is an excellent school because all the teachers and senior staff work so well together, just like cogs.’ By the end of Year 6, due to finely tuned assessment of individuals’ needs and support of outstandingly high quality, attainment levels are consistently high. Pupils of all abilities make outstanding progress and achieve exceptionally well. Children’s skill levels when they join the school vary greatly from year to year, but are usually broadly as expected or below this. They make good progress in the Early Years Foundation Stage, but the systems and provision there are not yet at quite the same exceptional level as elsewhere in the school. Outstanding partnerships with parents, carers and outside agencies, combined with excellent levels of care and a first-rate curriculum, ensure that all pupils, whatever their needs, thrive at St Paul’s. The ethos of respect and inclusion means that the school promotes equality of opportunity in every aspect of its work and that, consequently, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils behave impeccably and show great understanding of those who can find social situations very challenging. They are very aware of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and contribute keenly to both the school and the wider community. The promotion of community cohesion is excellent. Pupils’ mature personal skills, high attendance levels and enthusiasm for learning equip them exceptionally well for the future. The success of the school is attributable to outstanding leadership by the headteacher. Her vision, determination and ability to bring out the best in staff and pupils alike have driven improvement, including the provision of consistently high-quality teaching. Excellent systems, whether to monitor pupils’ progress or to ensure that they are safeguarded from harm, underpin all the school’s actions. The senior leadership team possesses a range of complementary skills that creates an impressive whole. The governing body is also highly influential in securing improvement. The school has taken great strides forward since the previous inspection and demonstrates an excellent capacity to sustain improvement.