St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Castleford
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Pontefract Road
WF10 4JB
3 - 11
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4 1 1 2 3 4
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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Following on from a period of turbulence in staffing at all levels, you have engendered a feeling of confidence and enabled the school to renew the rigour and focus on providing a good standard of education. You have evaluated the quality of teaching provided to pupils accurately, through regular observation and monitoring. You have also sought to moderate your judgements through honest conversations and reviews undertaken by other specialists, so that your plan of action focuses precisely on what needs to improve further. You have begun to develop senior and middle leaders to support the work of the school and actively seek to work with schools in the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust. As a result, you have planned regular opportunities for leaders to discuss ways to improve learning for pupils in English, mathematics and science. This has helped to secure the accuracy of teacher assessment. The deputy headteacher is contributing towards the good quality of teaching through the coaching and mentoring of newly qualified staff. St Joseph’s is a truly inclusive school and all staff work hard to ensure the progress of vulnerable pupils. Supported by strong leadership from the special educational needs coordinator, the school provides very well for pupils who have special educational needs or disability. Despite significant needs, over two thirds of these pupils attain levels similar to other pupils nationally and all make expected progress. Although there are gaps in attainment in the early years and key stage 1 between disadvantaged pupils and others, these gaps have been eradicated by the end of key stage 2. With the learning mentor, you have worked systematically to support families and ensure good attendance. As a result of this work, attendance is now in line with national averages. Members of the academy council are very experienced and highly skilled in their ability to challenge and support you and your deputy. Through very regular visits, they have an in-depth knowledge of the work of the school. Academy council members have steered the school through some difficult times since the previous inspection and their steadfastness has helped to secure current leadership. The previous inspection identified three areas for improvement. First, to raise attainment by the end of Year 6, particularly in mathematics. Standards in mathematics are now slightly above national averages and pupils are making good progress from their starting points. Second, to improve the consistency of teaching to good or better by providing learning that was better matched to the ability of pupils, and to improve the guidance to pupils so they know how to improve their work. In response, you have ensured considerable focus on ensuring that pupils receive teaching that is matched to their ability. Teachers are successfully planning and delivering lessons with the needs of groups of pupils in mind. However, some boys, particularly the least able, are still not attaining the levels that are expected of them. The third area for development was to ensure the school makes a stronger contribution to community cohesion, by establishing strong links with people from different cultures and religions. This has been achieved. Information collected through the online Ofsted questionnaire, Parent View, suggests that while most parents are appreciative of most aspects of the school’s work, a small minority would like to receive clearer information about how well their child is doing and more timely communications on school events. Parents have been very appreciative of the support from school for pupils and families during a period of grieving. Safeguarding is effective. Although some parents expressed concern over bullying, pupils say this is a very happy school. Pupils say that although bullying does sometimes happen, it is quickly dealt with by staff. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe, including when using the internet. The leadership team makes sure day-to-day safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Rigorous checks are carried out for all staff, governors and volunteers and the single central record is meticulously kept. The records you keep for pupils who need additional support are extensive and demonstrate effective work with other agencies.

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  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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