Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
228
AGES
3 - 11
GENDER
Mixed
TYPE
Voluntary aided school
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This pupil heat map shows where pupils currently attending the school live.
The concentration of pupils shows likelihood of admission based on distance criteria

Source: All attending pupils National School Census Data 2021, ONS
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This School Guide heat map has been plotted using official pupil data taken from the last School Census collected by the Department for Education. It is a visualisation of where pupils lived at the time of the annual School Census.

Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The criteria in which schools use to allocate places in the event that they are oversubscribed can and do vary between schools and over time. These criteria can include distance from the school and sometimes specific catchment areas but can also include, amongst others, priority for siblings, children of a particular faith or specific feeder schools. Living in an area where children have previously attended a school does not guarantee admission to the school in future years. Always check with the school’s own admission authority for the current admission arrangements.

3 steps to help parents gather catchment information for a school:

  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

How Does The School Perform?

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NATIONAL AVG. 2.08
Ofsted Inspection
(12/2/19)
Full Report - All Reports
81%
NATIONAL AVG. 65%
% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics



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Progress Compared With All Other Schools

UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 8% of schools in England) Average (About 67% of schools in England) Above Average (About 5% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 7% of schools in England) Average (About 64% of schools in England) Above Average (About 9% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) UNLOCK Well Below Average (About 10% of schools in England) Below Average (About 11% of schools in England) Average (About 58% of schools in England) Above Average (About 10% of schools in England) Well Above Average (About 10% of schools in England)

School Results Over Time

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)
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% pupils meeting the higher standard in Key Stage 2 tests (age 11)

These results over time show historic performance for key exam results. We show pre-pandemic results as the fairest indicator of whether performance is up, down or stable

Beech Avenue
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 0BP
01204333181

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You know your school well and are accurate in your judgement of where Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School is on its journey of improvement. The school has many strengths, including pupils’ good behaviour; leaders’ and staff’s commitment to the welfare and care of pupils and their families; and the strong progress pupils make in key stage 2. Pupils enter the Nursery and Reception classes with knowledge and skills below the standards typically expected for their age. From the early years and throughout the school, leaders have prioritised language acquisition and development as these are key barriers to learning. As a result of high-quality teaching and learning in each year group, pupils develop good language skills. This enables them to make good progress across key stage 2, particularly in reading and mathematics. Leaders, staff and governors have developed a warm and welcoming environment, with strong relationships between staff, pupils and their families. There is a real and tangible family ethos. Members of the school community appreciate your approach to establishing partnerships. Leaders are determined to raise aspirations for all pupils. As a result, the attainment of current pupils is continuing to improve and they are making good, and sometimes better, progress. Pupils are polite, respectful of each other’s opinions and viewpoints and are well mannered. They state that they enjoy lessons and appreciate the element of fun that teachers provide. They value the variety of extra-curricular activities, including residential trips, day visits and various sports clubs. The vast majority of parents feel that the school is very good at supporting their children and developing them academically. During discussions with me, parents typically commented that they are very pleased with their children’s progress. Some stated, ‘The staff are amazing.’ Parents spoke positively about the smooth transition into the Nursery class and on to high school. The majority of parents ensure that their children attend school regularly, with attendance rates above national averages for all groups of pupils. Although some parents expressed concerns about communication from the school, the majority of parents were delighted with this aspect and readily accept the invitations to join in and watch their children’s activities. Leaders and staff have taken effective action to address the areas for improvement identified at the last inspection. You were asked to improve teaching and learning so more pupils make outstanding progress and reach the higher standard and greater depth, particularly in key stage 1. You have increased the effectiveness of assessment to ensure that pupils receive prompt and additional support to overcome their identified misconceptions. You have also ensured greater consistency in the quality of teaching, particularly in English, through the recruitment of effective teachers. Published data for 2018 shows that the school’s consistently high rates of progress have been maintained at key stage 2, particularly in reading and mathematics. Proportions of Year 6 pupils reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in national tests have increased. However, in 2018 progress across key stage 2 in writing and the proportions of pupils attaining greater depth in writing were not as strong as those in reading and mathematics. Pupils attain well in reading, writing and mathematics in key stage 1, although not enough achieve greater depth in each of these subjects. Leaders have already taken steps to resolve these issues. For example, they have further improved the teaching of both reading and writing through effective language support to challenge pupils, including disadvantaged pupils. In mathematics, leaders have continued to raise aspirations and provide opportunities to challenge and deepen pupils’ thinking through problem-solving activities. These actions are beginning to bear fruit and are further improving the proportions of pupils attaining the higher outcomes in reading and mathematics at key stage 1. Inspectors also asked leaders and governors to develop the skills of the governing body in analysing national data further so that they can challenge school leaders even more effectively. Governors have developed their roles further since the last inspection. They use a wide range of evidence about the school’s work, including reports, visits to the school and presentations by staff, to gain information which enables them to hold leaders to account. As a result, they have an improved understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.

Our Lady of Lourdes RC Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 53% Agree 28% Disagree 13% Strongly Disagree 6% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>53, "agree"=>28, "disagree"=>13, "strongly_disagree"=>6, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 32 responses up to 12-02-2019
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Figures based on 32 responses up to 12-02-2019

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Figures based on 32 responses up to 12-02-2019

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Figures based on 32 responses up to 12-02-2019

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