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Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School retains “Good” Ofsted judgement

by Cathy Sheel

Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot continues to be a good school, following an inspection on 3 and 4 July 2023.

Inspectors noted that:-

  • Leaders, staff, pupils and families follow the school’s vision of ‘loving, learning and reaching out to all’ each day. There are strong relationships across the school.
  • Leaders and staff are highly ambitious for the achievement of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND).
  • The academic, social and emotional support that leaders provide contributes strongly to how well pupils achieve.
  • Teachers’ high expectations for behaviour are clear. Pupils behave well.
  • Pupils benefit from high-quality opportunities that enhance their learning and support their personal development. This includes visits to local organisations.
  • There is a strong sense of community at the school. Pupils understand equality and diversity. They know that everyone is different and that all will be included in their school. Older pupils enjoy supporting others by, for example, acting as play leaders.
  • Leaders have designed a broad, ambitious and interesting curriculum for all pupils, including those with SEND. They have considered the local area and the experiences it provides to make the content of the curriculum relevant to pupils.
  • From the early years onwards, leaders have identified the important knowledge and vocabulary they want pupils to learn. They have sequenced the content of the curriculum thoughtfully to ensure that the new ideas that are introduced build on what pupils have previously learned. As a result, pupils achieve well.
  • Subject leaders provide valuable guidance to teachers about how to deliver curriculum content effectively.
  • Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to read and to listen to stories. Leaders make sure that pupils learn phonics through a well-ordered curriculum. By the end of key stage 1, most pupils are successful readers.
  • Leaders and staff are skilled at identifying and supporting the specific needs of pupils with SEND. Staff have received effective training in educating pupils with SEND and ensure that these pupils follow the same curriculum as other pupils. This helps pupils with SEND to achieve well.
  • Leaders have developed a highly effective programme of learning to support pupils’ personal development. Leaders have made sure that the curriculum provides high-quality opportunities to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Governors know their school well. Governors hold leaders to account for standards and the quality of education in the school.
  • The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “I was delighted to read Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School latest Ofsted report. It’s evident that there are strong relationships and effective team work within the school, as well as the wider community. The important role of Governors has also been highlighted and how leadership is challenged to ensure high standards and the quality of education is maintained at the school. Maintaining a ‘Good’ judgement is a great achievement for everyone. Well done.”