St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School


Name St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School
Website http://www.st-stephens.bexley.sch.uk/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 03 November 2015
Address Ruskin Avenue, Welling, Kent, DA16 3QG
Phone Number 02083039738
Type Primary
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 415 (52% boys 48% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 22.6
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 3.9%
Percentage English is Not First Language 18.3%
Catchment Area Information Available Yes, our catchment area data is FREE

Information about this school

St Stephen’s Catholic Primary School is larger than the average-sized primary school. Most pupils are from White British backgrounds with the next largest group being Black or Black British African. The percentage of pupils from minority ethnic groups is higher than the national figure. However, few pupils speak English as an additional language. The proportion of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs is similar to the national average. The proportion of disadvantaged pupils supported through pupil premium funding is low. The pupil premium is additional government funding that schools receive to support those known to be eligible for free school meals and those looked after by the local authority. The proportion of pupils joining the school at other than normal times is below the national average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for pupils’ attainment and progress in reading, writing and mathematics by the end of Year 6. The headteacher is a local leader of education and a national pupil premium reviewer. She also provides support through the Corpus Christi Partnership of schools, mentoring a newly appointed headteacher.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Leadership at all levels is outstanding. Since the last inspection, school leaders have tackled what needed to be done. They have transformed teaching, learning and assessment through embedding a highly successful coaching culture throughout the school. The governing body is totally committed to ensuring the school is as good as it can be. Governors are highly ambitious for the school and have played an effective role in supporting the leadership team in developing outstanding provision. Regular outings, visitors and enrichment activities promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and this is a real strength of the curriculum. Outstanding teaching over time has resulted in excellent achievement for pupils in reading, writing and mathematics. From their starting points, pupils make outstanding progress. By the time they leave Year 6, pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their education. The school’s test results for the previous three years have exceeded national averages in all areas. Provision in the early years is outstanding. Teaching is inspirational and responsive to children’s different needs. Children are confident, know how to keep themselves safe and form secure relationships. Pupils behave extremely well. A strong focus on good manners and courteous behaviour is evident.