Botwell House Catholic Primary School

Botwell House Catholic Primary School
Botwell Lane
Hayes
UB32AB

Phone:020 85732229
Headteacher: Mr Sean Reilly
Archdiocese of Westminster

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707 pupils, Mixed

385 boys
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number
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322 girls
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Ofsted report

Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number102422
Local AuthorityHillingdon
Inspection number286373
Inspection dates6–7 June 2007
Reporting inspectorPritiben Patel

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.


Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryVoluntary aided
Age range of pupils3–11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)631
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection30 April 2002
School addressBotwell Lane
Hayes
UB3 2AB
Telephone number020 8573 2229
Fax number020 8569 0286
ChairMr G Semple
HeadteacherMr J P Reilly

Introduction

The inspection was carried out by four Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

This larger than average school admits pupils from a wide range of social backgrounds and about half come from low income families. A low proportion is eligible for free school meals. About half are from minority ethnic backgrounds and one in six are at an early stage of learning English. The percentage of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities is broadly in line with the national. The school was inspected in 2006 as part of the Primary National Strategy. There has been some staff turnover in recent years.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 2

Botwell House is a good school with outstanding features and the overwhelming majority of parents agree. One parent summed up the good work of the school, 'I believe the school is well managed and staff do their best to bring out the best in pupils'.

Leadership and management are good. The headteacher along with two deputies provide strong leadership for the school. They have successfully addressed areas from the last inspection such as attendance, raising standards in information and communication technology (ICT) as well as ensuring that pupils have increased opportunities to carry out practical tasks. Governors have a good impact on the development of the school. They play an active role in the planning and evaluation of school improvement. Even though there has been some staff turnover in recent years, senior leaders have ensured that pupils achieve well.

Children currently join the school with levels of skills which are lower than those expected for their age. Provision in the Foundation Stage is good and the children make good progress although standards remain a little below those expected at the start of Year 1. Pupils continue to make good progress through school and attain broadly average standards by the end of Years 2 and 6. Achievement is good.

All staff have an outstanding impact on pupils' personal development. The Christian values and Catholic ethos of the school impact very well on pupils' positive attitudes, enjoyment as well as outstanding behaviour. Social, moral, spiritual and cultural development, along with pupils' understanding about safe practices and contribution to the community are all outstanding. Pupils' adoption of healthy lifestyles is good and improving. The curriculum including extra-curricular provision is good. The curriculum has been enhanced so that pupils are involved in more practical and problem solving activities. These result in outstanding co-operation and development of team building skills and, together with the pupils' good grasp of basic skills, equip them well for the future.

Teaching and learning are good. Good aspects include teachers' questioning skills, relationships between pupils and teachers and pupils' active engagement in their own learning. However, some lessons lack pace and this results in pupils losing interest in their learning. Not all pupils are challenged appropriately in all lessons as work is sometimes either too hard or too easy for them.

The care, guidance and support provided for pupils are good overall. However, not all pupils know what they have to do to improve their work. One of the reasons for this is due to inconsistencies in teachers' marking. The school has good links with secondary schools to ease transition as well as with external agencies, in order to meet pupils' needs.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Improve academic guidance for pupils so they are clear about what they need to do to improve.
  • Improve teaching and learning by increasing pace and appropriate challenge for all pupils.

Achievement and standards

Grade: 2

Pupils achieve well and attain broadly average standards at the end of Years 2 and 6. Although in the past children were generally of average ability when they joined the school, they now enter the Nursery with low level skills for their age in most areas of learning. They make good progress in their Nursery and Reception years, although their writing and mathematical skills are below those expected at the end of the Reception year.

In 2006 and in most of the years since the last inspection, pupils attained standards in the Year 6 tests in English, mathematics and science which were significantly above average. These cohorts started school with good skills, knowledge and understanding but changes in recent years have meant that most now start school with low levels of skill. The school's assessment data and pupils' work in lessons, demonstrate that pupils achieve well, although standards are not as high as in the past. Nonetheless, inspection evidence shows that through good teaching and a good curriculum the pupils make good progress and achieve well. Pupils with learning difficulties make good progress because they receive well focused support. Similarly, those at an early stage of learning English make good progress. There is no significant variation in the performance of minority ethnic groups.

Personal development and well-being

Grade: 1

Pupils say that they have a really good time at school. This is reflected in their good attendance. Relationships are very positive and behaviour is excellent in class and around the school. Pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils are keenly aware of their rights and responsibilities. The school councils make a very valuable contribution to the life of the school. They have introduced a lunchtime award which is given to the class that behaves most responsibly throughout the week. Pupils are keen to help each other, for example older pupils 'buddy' those who are experiencing problems. This, along with their charity work, helps to promote the caring, family atmosphere of the school. Pupils say bullying is rare but if it occurs it is quickly resolved. Very effective child protection arrangements ensure that pupils feel very safe. Pupils have a good understanding about healthy lifestyles but are aware that they do not always eat as healthily as they might. Pupils' good team working and problem solving skills, along with their good achievement ensure they are well prepared for the next stage of their education.

Quality of provision

Teaching and learning

Grade: 2

Teaching and learning are good and this is reflected in pupils' good achievement. Relationships are very good and as a result pupils work well both individually and in small groups, learning to collaborate and listening to the ideas of others. ICT is used effectively to capture the interest of pupils. In the best lessons questions are used well to challenge pupils and to check how much has been understood. Pupils in these lessons are effectively supported to assess their own work, which means that they are clear about what they are trying to learn. Pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities and those new to English are well supported by teaching assistants, as a result they gain the maximum benefits from the lessons. In other lessons, the work is not challenging enough and the pace is too slow because the teachers spend too much time talking and, as a consequence, pupils lose interest.

Curriculum and other activities

Grade: 2

The curriculum is good and problem solving and investigative work are becoming strong features. Pupils' thinking skills are promoted effectively through the curriculum. The school's focus on improving pupils' writing has had a positive impact on their achievement. The curriculum is enhanced by a good range of extra-curricular activities. There are special weeks where the main curriculum is suspended so that more creative activities can be introduced. These include a creative mathematics week which has had a positive impact on pupils' enjoyment of the subject and their personal development. Some teachers are linking subjects into themes successfully but there are instances where this approach led to some confusion for pupils, as they were not sure which skills or ideas they should use in their work. ICT is used well to develop learning across the curriculum. Children in the Foundation Stage benefit from very good facilities, including an especially well equipped outdoor play area for the Nursery class.

Care, guidance and support

Grade: 2

Care, guidance and support are good. Care and support are strengths. Arrangements to ensure pupils' safety are robust and meet current requirements fully. Teachers and other staff know the pupils well and understand their pastoral needs. Pupils and parents express confidence that staff give them all the support required in case of any difficulty. The needs of pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities, those new to English as well as pupils who are working below expected levels, are identified at an early stage and a range of good additional programmes are used to help them to overcome the challenges they face. The school has satisfactory systems in place for checking how well pupils are doing. However, the data is not used effectively by all teachers to plan appropriately challenging work for all pupils. Not all the pupils know their targets or how to improve their work. This is partly due to inconsistencies in teachers' marking.

Leadership and management

Grade: 2

Senior leaders have coped well with the changes to the school resulting from lower attainment on admission and, by supporting new staff, have maintained the good quality of teaching. Newly qualified staff commented positively on the strong impact made by senior leaders in helping them to improve their teaching and planning. Senior leaders are working hard to develop shared leadership throughout school in order to enhance the skills of less experienced staff. Subject leaders have impacted positively on teachers training and have successfully modelled lessons. However, the monitoring of teaching and learning is currently performed by senior leaders only. The school is now beginning to develop the role of subject leaders so that they too play an active part in monitoring. Team leaders and year teams have a positive impact on curriculum planning and this has boosted pupils' writing and investigative skills. The school's self evaluation is good as leaders at all levels share the same vision, support each other very well and are clearly focused on raising pupils' achievements further. They know the school's strengths and areas for development and plan carefully to address any shortcomings.

Weekly meetings between the headteacher and chair of governors ensure that governors have a clear understanding of the school's strengths, as well as areas that require further development. They are involved in checking on the school's work and contribute well to the school's good capacity to make further improvement.

Annex A

Inspection judgements

Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
Overall effectiveness
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?2
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?2
The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage2
The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation2
The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
Achievement and standards
How well do learners achieve?2
The standards1 reached by learners3
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners2
How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
1 Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?1
The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development1
The behaviour of learners1
The attendance of learners2
How well learners enjoy their education1
The extent to which learners adopt safe practices1
The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community1
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being2
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?2
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?2
Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?2
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education2
How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet challenging targets2
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can2
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 2
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 2
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
Does this school require special measures?No
Does this school require a notice to improve?No

Annex B

Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

20 June 2007

Dear Pupils

Inspection of Botwell House Catholic Primary School,Hayes,UB3 2AB

On behalf of the inspectors I would like to thank you very much for being helpful when we came to visit your school. We really enjoyed meeting you, talking to you and looking at all your work.

You go to a good school with outstanding features and here are the reasons why:

  • you make good progress because you have good teaching and a good curriculum
  • you get on very well with each other and your teachers and your behaviour is outstanding
  • your outstanding enjoyment of school results in good attendance
  • all of the adults in your school make sure that you are very safe, happy and very well looked after
  • the headteacher, governors and staff work very hard on your behalf.

Even in a good school like yours things can be improved. We believe that you should all have a good understanding of how to improve your work. We also think that although teaching and learning are good, some of your lessons should have a faster pace and you need to be given the right amount of challenge. I am sure that you will rise to this challenge and work as hard as you can!

With best wishes for your future success,

Pritiben Patel

Lead inspector

Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspections', which is available from Ofsted's website: ofsted.gov.uk.