St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
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Rainford Road
St Helens
WA10 6BX
4 - 11
Voluntary aided school
4 1 1 2 3 4
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% pupils meeting the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics
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Children in the early years and pupils in key stages 1 and 2 are happy. They enjoy their lessons and wide choice of after-school activities such as performing arts and science club. They gain much new learning from their educational trips. Pupils with whom we spoke told us of the beauty and atmosphere that they experienced in their recent visit to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and then the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. Pupils are enthusiastic learners. They achieve strongly because of the high expectations of leaders and staff. A typical pupil comment was: ‘We learn something new at school every day.’ Pupils correctly described the school as peaceful. In classrooms, pupils behave sensibly. Pupils said that they feel safe at the school. They told us that staff deal promptly and successfully with the rare issues of bullying and misbehaviour by pupils. Pupils’ relationships with their friends and staff are positive. They are polite and keen to meet with visitors, such as inspectors. Pupils respect other people. They are proud of their school. They agreed when one pupil said of the school: ‘We’re a family. We respect everyone for who they are and what they do.’ What does the school do well and what does it need to do better? Leaders and staff teach pupils about equality; for example, they celebrate disability awareness. Leaders and staff treat pupils equally, for instance making sure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are included fully in school activities. Staff give reasonable support to these pupils and to those who are disadvantaged to ensure that they learn well at the school. Pupils learn about the importance of supporting elderly people and raising charitable funding for those in need. Teachers discuss topical world issues with pupils. Pupils develop high aspirations for their future careers. Because of the help of their parents, carers, staff and school volunteers, pupils achieve well in their reading by the end of key stage 2. They enjoy reading the work of authors such as Cottrell-Boyce and Horrowitz. They learn the meaning of fascinating new words such as cacophonous and synchronisation from other books. Older pupils told me how pleased they are with leaders’ recent investment in providing a good range of information books and fiction books in the school library. Pupils said that the library is calm. Even so, staff’s provision of books for children in the Nursery and the teaching of reading in the early years and key stage 1 should be better planned. Some books used for pupils to practise their reading do not match their knowledge of phonics. Some staff’s knowledge of the teaching of reading is underdeveloped.

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School Catchment Area Map

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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 areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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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.

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