St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Name St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
Ofsted Inspections
Address Bridge Road, Aldershot, GU11 3DD
Phone Number 01252350583
Type Academy
Age Range 4-11
Religious Character Roman Catholic
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 489 (50.3% boys 49.7% girls)
Number of Pupils per Teacher 23.5
Academy Sponsor Mother Teresa Catholic Academy Trust
Local Authority Hampshire
Percentage Free School Meals 5.7%
Percentage English is Not First Language 19.0%
Persistent Absence 3.1%
Pupils with SEN Support 29.9%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available Yes
Last Distance Offered Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection

Information about the school

St Joseph’s Primary is a larger than average school. The large majority of pupils come from White British backgrounds. The proportion of pupils from various minority ethnic groups is broadly average, the largest groups being of Indian heritage and those from Other White backgrounds, such as Polish and Portuguese.

A small proportion of pupils are in the early stages of learning English. The proportion of pupils identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities is slightly above average while the number of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is low. There are three elements to the school’s Early Years Foundation Stage provision.

The school cares for children aged 0-4 years in two settings: the pre-school which runs sessional care for up to 30 children aged two years nine months up to rising five years and the crèche and day nursery which provides whole-day care for children of three months to rising five years. Children transfer to St Joseph’s Reception classes or other local schools in the year in which they are five. The school also provides wrap-around care in the form of a breakfast club and after-school club.

The school has gained a large number of awards the most recent being the Active Mark and Fair Trade Status in 2010. The school became an academy on 1 September 2011.

Main findings

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary provides an outstanding education and exemplary care for its pupil with the result that they make exceptional progress in their academic and personal development to achieve high levels of attainment.

The stimulating and broad curriculum enables them to achieve extremely well, not only in the basic skills of English and mathematics, but also in many other subjects such as information and communication technology (ICT), art and music and prepares them exceptionally well for the next stage of their education. One parent’s comments in writing were typical of many, ‘The school is great at achieving a balance between nurturing my child and enabling him to perform to the best of his abilities.’ The school puts the pupils at the heart of all it does.

Pupils feel exceptionally safe and in this caring environment respond extremely well to high levels of challenge. They want to do well and are rightly proud of their achievements. Parents and carers recognise the strengths of teaching and strong leadership of the headteacher, his deputy headteacher and senior staff which has created an ethos of looking for the best and constantly striving to improve.

The school is exceptionally well led by the headteacher who, with the senior leadership team and the extremely strong support and partnership of the governing body, has built on the many strengths seen at the previous inspection to create an outstanding school. Staff are continually evaluating what they do, are accurate in their assessments and effective in perfecting their work. Their capacity for further improvement is excellent.

Pupils of all backgrounds and abilities make the same outstanding progress through the school. Pupils identified as having special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve extremely well from their different starting points and the majority reach levels of attainment that are above those of their peers in other schools. Teaching is outstanding overall and, even though early in the term, pupils’ learning is accelerating.

The comprehensive and accurate assessments on pupils’ learning are used very well to match the activities to pupils’ abilities and needs and contribute significantly to the pupils’ strong progress in many lessons. Children make a good start to their learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The pre-school and nursery staff work well together and with those in Reception to provide a cohesive and continuous education that supports each child, recognising their individual talents and needs so they make good progress in their learning and development.

Good partnerships with parents and carers begin in these early stages and good arrangements for children to start in each of the settings ensure that they settle well and start to thrive under the sensitive support of all the staff. There are well-thought-out procedures to support both parents, carers and children when it is time to move from the baby room into the two-year-old’s room in the nursery or from nursery to pre-school and then on to the Reception classes. The transition into Year 1 is not quite as effective and many children find it difficult at first to adjust to the different expectations and ways of working.

By the time pupils reach Year 6 they are confident and mature young people who have a strong sense of responsibility and appreciation of the need to care for their world and one another. Their spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is outstanding. Their experiences while working towards the Fair Trade Status and in working with their partner school in Manchester, and others in France and China, all give them a strong awareness and interest in others’ lives and cultures.