St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School

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St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Tomlinscote Way, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 8PY
Phone Number 01276709099
Type Academy
Age Range 5-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 428 (56.1% boys 43.9% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 26.3
Academy Sponsor Xavier Catholic Education Trust
Local Authority Surrey
Percentage Free School Meals 6.5%
Percentage English is Not First Language 41.8%
Persistent Absence 1.3%
Pupils with SEN Support 8.6%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary is an above-average-sized school serving a suburban area of Surrey. The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low compared with the national picture. About a quarter of pupils come from minority ethnic groups, and a fifth speak English as an additional language.

These figures are in line with the national averages. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is below the national average, as is the proportion with a statement of special educational needs. These needs relate mainly to moderate learning difficulties or speech and language difficulties.

Early Years Foundation Stage provision is offered in the school’s Reception classes. After-school childcare provision is managed by a private provider and subject to a separate inspection. The school has gained Healthy Schools status.

Main findings

St Augustine’s Catholic Primary is an outstanding school where pupils get an excellent start to their education. Their achievement is outstanding and they reach high standards throughout the school. They enjoy coming to school very much, and this is evident from their high attendance.

Parents and carers are very pleased with what the school offers their children. One parent commented, ‘This is a lovely school where my children have been really happy. It is very caring and every child is important.

’ Another said, ‘The teachers work hard and make the learning fun, which has helped my child to blossom.’ Excellent pastoral care and partnerships with outside professionals mean that pupils feel exceptionally safe at school and know that staff will help them if they have a problem. Their behaviour is excellent throughout the school, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding.

Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle, particularly through participation in sport, and this is reflected in the Healthy Schools award. Relationships are excellent, and pupils are very supportive of one another, playing an outstanding role in the life of the school community. The extensive work done by the peer mediators is a good example of this.

Pupils greatly enjoy their lessons and the many outstanding opportunities offered to them through the curriculum. This was confirmed in discussions with pupils and in their responses to the inspection questionnaire. Pupils learn well and make good progress, because they are well taught and benefit from an outstanding curriculum.

Excellent planning across the curriculum enables pupils to apply their skills and knowledge to exciting, stimulating and challenging work. The school has been very active in raising attainment and improving progress since the previous inspection. Standards in science have been raised through a focus on lively, practical opportunities for experimentation and discovery.

A determined drive on making literacy appealing for boys, through carefully chosen topics, resources and activities, has meant that boys now outperform girls in writing, though both genders reach high levels. The school makes excellent use of specialist teaching through its outstanding partnerships. This is especially evident in its provision for physical education, music and modern foreign languages, where pupils are given the challenge to achieve beyond expectations for their age.

Teaching is mostly good throughout the school, with some examples of outstanding practice at both key stages. There has been good improvement in the quality of marking and target setting since the previous inspection, thanks to a focused approach to the systematic assessment of pupils’ progress, and there is excellent practice in some classes. However, this is not consistent across the school, and a number of pupils responding to the inspection questionnaire felt that they did not know how well they were doing at school.

The headteacher and senior leaders have been very successful in moving the school forward since the previous inspection. The considerable strengths evident at that time have been maintained and built upon, and other areas have been strengthened and improved. The key to this success has been the emphasis placed by the headteacher and senior staff on the continuing professional development of staff at all levels, and in the use of the skills of individuals, which makes them feel valued and able to do their best.

Staff morale and confidence are very high, and teamwork is excellent. Systems for school self-evaluation and development planning, monitoring of teaching and learning, and tracking of pupils’ progress are securely established and work exceptionally well. As a result, the school has an excellent capacity for further improvement.