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

Primary
PUPILS
204
AGES
4 - 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.

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  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
(12/12/17)
Full Report - All Reports
78%
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

St George's Avenue
Thornton-Cleveleys
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School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You became headteacher in September 2013. Since joining the school, you have built upon the strengths of your predecessor. You have added a new sense of urgency to improving the school and have modernised many of the school’s systems and structures. Ably supported by a new leadership team, you have built upon many of the school’s established strengths while making improvements in key areas. Pupils’ attendance has continued to improve. Rates of absence are well below the national average. Similarly, the proportion of pupils who are regularly absent from school compares favourably with national figures. Pupils continue to benefit from compassionate support, care and guidance. Children have also continued to make fast progress during their time in the early years. You have ensured that the school’s pledge to develop pupils ‘from smallest to greatest’ underpins the school’s work. You and other leaders have created a climate in which all staff are committed to unlocking every child’s unique talents so they can grow and flourish while at the school. This commitment is reflected in the extensive range of enrichment opportunities that enable pupils to excel in a variety of pursuits. Some pupils thrive in different sporting and academic activities, whereas others hone their leadership skills by undertaking work that enhances the school and parish communities. Parents are appreciative of the school's work. Typical comments from parents include: 'My child loves going to school; she enjoys all the lessons because teachers make the learning fun and interesting, while at the same time challenging.’ Another parent summed up the views of others when they described ‘a fabulous and wellrun school’. Pupils greatly value the support they receive from staff. They are particularly positive about teaching in mathematics. They also say, ‘The school does everything they can to help you.’ You have also ensured that staff morale is high. The staff share your balanced and perceptive understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development. They say that they value the school’s team spirit and sense of community. They are keen to continue driving improvements across the school. Importantly, staff appreciate the consideration that leaders show for their well-being. A typical comment described how leaders ‘make every effort not to overburden staff’. You have used your intimate knowledge of the school to identify and address areas of relative weakness. For example, you have improved the teaching of mathematics throughout key stage 2. This has led to pupils making faster progress in this area. This work has been recognised by other schools locally. As a result, you play a leading role within the local cluster of schools to improve mathematics teaching. You have also worked with the governing body to improve its effectiveness. Governors have reduced the number of sub-groups to make sure their work is tightly focused on key school priorities. They hold you to account for all aspects of the school’s work. For example, governors were instrumental in successfully addressing the dip in key stage 2 national test results in 2016. You attach great significance to the quality of training undertaken by staff. You have provided many aspiring teachers and middle leaders with opportunities to improve different aspects of the school while also developing their leadership skills. You have also increased the scope of work with other schools. A number of your teachers work closely with the local authority to quality assure the accuracy of other schools’ assessments of their pupils’ attainment. Representatives from the local authority are very complimentary about the active role the school plays within its local cluster. You also value the opportunity to share ideas about teaching within the local group of Catholic schools. You have effectively addressed the areas for improvement that inspectors identified during the previous inspection. You have made sure that your staff benefit from an extensive array of opportunities to share best practice. For example, you have created many opportunities for teachers to see their colleagues teach. You have also introduced systems for teachers to be coached and mentored. These systems have contributed significantly to the improvements to teaching that have been secured during your tenure. You have also ensured that pupils’ literacy and numeracy skills are developed well across the wider curriculum. Teachers develop pupils’ numeracy skills particularly effectively in science and geography. Pupils benefit from regular and varied opportunities to develop their extended writing in a range of subjects. You have also used the wider curriculum as another vehicle for promoting reading. Teachers regularly plan topics around an exciting novel. For example, pupils in Year 6 read ‘Wonder’ as part of their topic on identity and pupils in Year 5 read ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ to enhance their topic on children in the Second World War. This work therefore complements other strategies that ensure pupils read widely as well as often. You are ambitious for the school and its pupils. Consequently, you are keen to ensure that the school keeps improving and you are acutely aware of which areas need development. In particular, you understand that the most able pupils do not make the progress they are capable of. You also want to improve the quality of the curriculum beyond English and mathematics. You recognise that you need to develop middle leadership further so subject coordinators have the knowledge, skills and understanding to drive improvements in their areas. Finally, you acknowledge that plans to improve the school do not contain specific and measurable targets. This makes it difficult for governors and leaders to measure the effectiveness of different actions taken to improve the school. Safeguarding is effective. You have created a strong safeguarding culture within the school. Members of staff share your understanding of the safeguarding risks that are potentially more prevalent within the local community. You have ensured that your staff are alert to any changes in pupils’ mood or behaviour. Your work with parents is very strong. Your staff employ a number of strategies to build positive, caring and open relationships with parents. This lays strong foundations for working in partnership with parents to keep their children safe. In particular, you employ a number of strategies to support parents to keep children safe when online, including: e-safety workshops; regular updates and reminders in the school newsletter; and discussions with class teachers during parents’ evenings. You have also ensured that the curriculum helps to develop pupils' understanding of safety. For example, your work to develop an age-appropriate understanding of what constitutes healthy relationships is particularly strong. You have also developed a safeguarding policy for pupils, which supports them with important matters of judgement, such as when touching and secrets are ‘good or bad’. Leaders have ensured that all staff undertake regular training on matters relating to safety. They refer concerns, as appropriate, to leaders. You have ensured that all safeguarding records are precise and fit for purpose. You work effectively with a range of external agencies to keep pupils safe. Inspection findings The inspection followed a number of key lines of enquiry. The first of these was how effectively teaching is enabling the most able pupils to make fast progress throughout the school. You have made developments in this area a main focus. We observed lessons and looked at pupils’ work in a range of subjects. This evidence confirmed that teachers are beginning to adopt a more systematic approach to challenging the most able pupils. This reflects the work you have led to increase teachers’ expectations of what the most able pupils can achieve.

St Teresa's Catholic Primary School Parent Reviews



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Strongly Agree 55% Agree 34% Disagree 7% Strongly Disagree 0% Don't Know 3% {"strongly_agree"=>55, "agree"=>34, "disagree"=>7, "strongly_disagree"=>0, "dont_know"=>3} Figures based on 29 responses up to 14-12-2017
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