St Bede's Catholic Primary 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, 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.

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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics

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School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You demonstrate a passionate and dedicated commitment to the school, the pupils and their families, and the community that the school serves. You lead by example with a strong moral purpose. You, your staff and governors are determined to do the best for every pupil in the school. You provide a nurturing environment rooted in the school’s distinctive Catholic ethos. This enables pupils to get off to a strong start in their education when they begin at the school. Your deputy headteacher supports you effectively. Together you have an accurate view of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. You have worked swiftly with other leaders, including governors, and school staff to address those areas that need improving the most. At the time of the previous inspection you were asked to improve pupils’ phonics skills, and since then standards in this area have markedly improved. Teachers’ strong subject knowledge and well-planned sessions lead to effective phonics teaching. This enhances pupils’ early reading and writing development, and as a result, pupils make strong gains in their phonics knowledge. St Bede’s is a vibrant, caring and happy school community, where each child can grow in mind, body and spirit. Pupils are well prepared to contribute to their school and local community. Pupils’ behaviour is excellent. They are kind, considerate and courteous. They show pride in their school. Staff support pupils well. Pupils are encouraged to be responsible, supportive and independent in their words and in their actions. Pupils are respectful at all times. When in lessons, they work well together and show high levels of engagement in their learning. This positively contributes to the vast majority of pupils achieving well over time. Governors are well informed and have a sound understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement. Governors provide support to you, and they use their skills and expertise to challenge you and other leaders so that the school continues to improve. They, like you, are committed passionately and with dedication to improve the school even further. Safeguarding is effective. The leadership team has ensured that all safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Policy and practice go hand in hand. There is a culture of vigilance in the school. Leaders and governors are well aware of their responsibilities to keep pupils safe and they do this, for example, by ensuring that checks on staff, volunteers and visitors who work in the school are thorough. Staff are well trained and kept informed so that they fully understand their responsibilities to keep pupils safe. Records kept by the school relating to safeguarding are detailed. They demonstrate that leaders do not hesitate to act if they have concerns about a pupil’s welfare. Actions taken by staff are timely and effective. Links with external agencies are appropriate and followed up, where necessary. Pupils feel safe, and they are well looked after and cared for. Pupils told me how they enjoy coming to school to be with their friends and learning new things. Those spoken with during the inspection had no concerns about bullying, and were confident that if they had a concern a member of staff would deal with it quickly and effectively. Pupils engage in various activities to teach them about staying safe both inside and outside of school. For example, they learn how to stay safe when using the internet, and how to be safe when riding a bike and when going swimming. The vast majority of parents and carers, who responded to Ofsted’s questionnaire, Parent View, agree that their child is safe and happy at school. Inspection findings An area that I examined during the inspection was around leaders’ actions to improve pupils’ writing skills by the end of key stage 2, particularly for disadvantaged pupils. The 2017 results in writing show that overall a smaller proportion of pupils than nationally achieved the expected standard by the end of key stage 2 in their writing; this was particularly the case for disadvantaged pupils. Leaders’ actions to secure improvements in pupils’ writing, particularly disadvantaged pupils, have been successful. As a result of concerted actions by leaders, current pupils’ skills in writing show much improvement. Teachers plan purposeful opportunities for pupils to practise and apply their writing skills. The evident high expectation of pupils’ writing in their English books is now an evident expectation across other subjects. As a result, pupils are increasingly producing work at the same standard in other subjects as they do in English. Recently, strategies to improve pupils’ spelling, punctuation and grammar have been successful. Consequently, work in current pupils’ books shows that they are benefiting from completing written work of a high quality, leading to them achieving much better over time in their writing. Nevertheless, despite recent improvements, leaders acknowledge that the school’s assessment system has not been effective in the past, because expectations in writing have not been clear enough. Although leaders are currently addressing this area, it is not improving as swiftly as they anticipated. An area that leaders have identified as an ongoing priority is ensuring that all pupils are sufficiently challenged in their learning. Over time, those pupils working at a greater depth of understanding has been inconsistent. Current information about pupils’ learning, supported by checking pupils’ workbooks supports the view that current pupils are making better gains in their knowledge, skills and understanding so that a higher proportion can achieve at a greater depth. However, leaders acknowledge that current assessment practices have hindered staff from using pupil information effectively so that work is consistently and suitably challenging for those capable of working at greater depth. Again, leaders are currently working hard to address this. During the inspection, I also visited the early years provision in school. Over the past two years, the proportion of children achieving a good level of development has been above the national averages. It is evident that effective planning and use of resources, complemented by high-quality teaching, ensures that children thrive in the early years because of the range of opportunities they have to explore and learn. During the visit I could see that children benefit from opportunities to engage in their learning, both inside and outside. Children were enthused by the activities they were engaging in and because of this were confidently developing their speaking, listening and physical development skills. Leaders and staff have placed the well-being of pupils at the heart of their work. Pupils’ social and emotional welfare and their mental health needs are at the forefront of all leaders’ and staff’s work at the school. Strong relationships with parents and external agencies benefit pupils, and allow purposeful and productive conversations and interventions to take place so that pupils’ needs are well cared for. The school’s pastoral and well-being leader is pivotal in ensuring that pupils are well cared for. She is meticulous in her work and the actions she takes are appropriate, timely and have a positive effect on developing pupils’ confidence and resilience. Leaders track and monitor pupils’ attendance thoroughly. Information recorded about pupils is detailed. Actions in place to support pupils to attend regularly are effective because they take a measured approach and, in some instances, are bespoke to individual pupils. As a result, some pupils’ attendance has shown clear signs of improvement. Although attendance overall remains below the national average, leaders have a range of strategies in place so that it continues to improve.

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