St John's Catholic Primary School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Primary
PUPILS
187
AGES
2 - 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
(14/3/17)
Full Report - All Reports
64%
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

Flamstead
Birch Green
Skelmersdale
WN8 6PF
01695721323

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your leadership of the school is highly effective. You and your staff are strongly committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for all pupils who attend your school. Under your leadership the school provides a nurturing, caring and family-oriented environment for all pupils and their families. Consequently, pupils grow into confident, ambitious youngsters who are well prepared for the next stage of their education and what life has to hold. From their different starting points, children in early years make good progress, and some progress is outstanding. The teaching of phonics is a real strength of the school, as is the progress which pupils make in writing and mathematics at key stage 2. Over time, it is excellent. From analysing the most recent published data, we both recognise that the number of pupils reaching the higher standards at key stage 1 could be higher in reading, writing and mathematics. This is particularly the case for middle-ability disadvantaged pupils. Although, over time, the progress in reading at key stage 2 is strong, it is not as rapid as the progress that pupils make in writing and mathematics. Progress in both of these subjects was significantly above the national average in 2016, although not in the top 10% nationally. You also acknowledge that at the time of the inspection the school website was not compliant. You ensure that swift action is taken to deal with any underperformance. For instance, to improve outcomes in reading you have implemented a number of innovative measures which are beginning to have a positive impact. Examples are: pupils now come into school earlier and are provided with structured reading activities which meet their individual needs. Additional resources have been purchased to enhance class libraries and at least five books are given to pupils during the year to encourage the development of their own ‘personal’ library. Your staff team hold you in the highest regard. They are obviously very proud to work at your school and morale is high. With your encouragement, staff actively develop their roles in education. The support that you and senior leaders give to the group of teachers in your school who are new to the profession is second to none. Staff typically commented: ‘The professional development and support that I had as a newly qualified teacher was fantastic. This inspired me to push myself further in my career.’ A staff library has been established with resources to support teachers’ professional development. Your staff talked eloquently to me about the high levels of support given to families facing difficult situations and about the home visits that each new family to the school receives. As a result, you and your staff have a very good understanding of your families’ needs and the challenges that they may face. One of the things that impressed me most about your school was the quality of the learning environment, both indoors and outside. Quite simply, it is breathtaking. An artist works with pupils and the quality of the displays is exemplary, magically bringing the curriculum to life. Pupils display a keen thirst for knowledge. Standards of behaviour that I observed at the time of the inspection were impeccable. Relationships at all levels are respectful. Pupils told me that they feel safe and enjoy coming to school. Typical comments include: ‘I feel excited and ready to learn.’ Many pupils have high aspirations and talked avidly about their desire to go on to further education to become nurses, teachers and artists. Pupils relish the time they spend learning outdoors, making dens and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. They enjoy the varied range of out-of-school activities, such as gardening and art clubs, which your staff give generously of their time to run. Pupils talk with pride about how they contribute to decision-making within the school, for example as members of the curriculum council. Pupils’ views are also represented on interview panels when new staff are being appointed. Pupils also benefit greatly from the opportunities you give them to learn to play a musical instrument and play in a brass band. Parents are kept well informed about their children’s progress and are encouraged to take an active part in their learning. For example, they are invited to attend open events every half term, where they have opportunities to work with their children and look at exemplars of their work. Although only a small number of parents responded to the Ofsted online questionnaire, they typically commented that ‘children love this school and are thriving’. You have the full support of your governing body and local authority representative.

St John's Catholic Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 83% Agree 17% Disagree 0% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 0% {"strongly_agree"=>83, "agree"=>17, "disagree"=>0, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>0} Figures based on 12 responses up to 10-03-2021
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