|Name||St George’s Catholic Primary School - a Catholic Voluntary Academy|
|Address||1 Winterscale Street, Fishergate, York, YO10 4BT|
|Religious Character||Roman Catholic|
|Number of Pupils||202 (48% boys 52% girls)|
|Number of Pupils per Teacher||22.8|
|Academy Sponsor||St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust|
|Percentage Free School Meals||15.7%|
|Percentage English is Not First Language||28.2%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||6.4%%|
|Catchment Area Indicator Available||Yes|
|Last Distance Offered Available||No|
Highlights from Latest Inspection
Information about this school
Pupil numbers are growing, but the school remains smaller than the average-sized primary school. Since the last inspection, a new headteacher, deputy headteacher and two assistant headteachers have been appointed.
The proportion of pupils who are eligible for the pupil premium is below the national average. Almost a quarter of the school’s pupils are from minority ethnic backgrounds and speak English as an additional language. This is above the national average.
The proportion of pupils who have SEN and/or disabilities, or who have an education and health care plan, is below the national average. The early years comprises a Nursery and Reception class. A purpose-built, separate Nursery class is due to open and offer full-time nursery provision this term.
The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for pupils’ progress and attainment in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Year 6.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school The headteacher leads by example. She sets exceptionally high standards for pupils’ achievement to be the very best it can be.
Senior leaders are very effective in supporting the headteacher to make the changes needed to improve the school’s effectiveness. Governors know the school well. They are highly skilled and provide an effective balance of challenge and support for the leadership team.
Action plans for improvement are comprehensive regarding the actions that are being taken to improve pupils’ outcomes. However, the targets within them are not sharply focused to enable the impact of actions to be evaluated with precision. Leaders place pupils’ well-being at the centre of the school’s aims and ethos.
They consistently ensure that all pupils, and particularly vulnerable pupils and those at risk of harm, are kept safe. Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. They are proud members of St George’s Roman Catholic Primary School and welcome the opportunities afforded them.
Assessment is now accurate and is supporting the rapid improvement in pupils’ outcomes. All teachers regularly assess pupils’ knowledge and understanding and build on these by planning interesting lessons which successfully build on pupils’ previous learning. In 2017, the proportion of pupils in key stages 1 and 2 who achieved the standards expected for their age in reading, writing and mathematics improved markedly.
The proportions of pupils reaching the higher standard at the end of key stage 2 were below national averages in reading and writing. No disadvantaged pupils reached the higher standard in reading, writing and mathematics. Improvements to pupils’ outcomes in foundation subjects such as history and geography are not as strong as those in English and mathematics.
Subject leaders are recently appointed. They are enthusiastic and keen to be involved. However, they are too new in their roles to have influenced pupils’ outcomes in the subjects they lead.