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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Norwood Crescent

phone: 01704 213084

headteacher: Mrs Louise Morton


school holidays: via Sefton council

201 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 96% full

100 boys 50%


105 girls 52%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 335323, Northing: 417383
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.649, Longitude: -2.9799
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Oct. 30, 2013
Archdiocese of Liverpool
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Southport › Norwood
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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School report

Holy Family Catholic Primary


Norwood Crescent, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7DU

Inspection dates 30–31 October 2013
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because

Pupils make good progress and achieve well
The quality of teaching has continued to
Teachers plan particularly well for disabled
Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage
in all subjects. They reach above average
standards in their writing.
improve since the previous inspection and is
consistently good. Some of the teaching is
pupils and those who have special
educational needs and for those who join the
school with English as an additional language.
As a result, these pupils make at least good
progress from their starting points.
settle very quickly and happily. They are
provided with exciting resources and make
rapid progress in all areas of their
Holy Family is a very happy school where
The curriculum provides many memorable
The school is very well led and managed by
pupils feel safe and well cared for. Pupils are
polite and helpful and behave very well in
lessons and around school. They are proud to
take responsibility for themselves, each other
and their community.
experiences and promotes pupils’ spiritual,
moral, social and cultural development
exceptionally well. Every member of staff
contributes to the huge variety of after-school
clubs on offer.
the headteacher, her senior and middle leaders
and members of the governing body. They
monitor the quality of teaching and pupil
achievement and progress very effectively.
Plans are put in place quickly to address any
weaknesses. As a result, this is an improving
Too few pupils make outstanding progress to
reach higher levels in reading and
mathematics to match their achievement in
Pupils are not always given sufficient
opportunity to develop their skills as confident
speakers who can express their views and
opinions well.

Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed 14 lessons including two joint observations carried out with the
    headteacher. All classes and teachers were seen. Inspectors also carried out a number of shorter
    observations of sessions for small groups of pupils which were delivered by teaching assistants,
    external specialists and parent volunteers.
  • Meetings were held with members of staff, including senior and middle leaders. Inspectors met
    with a group of pupils who were representatives of the school council and spoke with pupils
    informally around the school.
  • Discussions were held with representatives of the governing body and the local authority.
  • Inspectors spoke to a number of parents informally. They took into account the 47 responses to
    the on-line questionnaire, a number of letters received from parents and the analysis of the
    school’s own recent parent questionnaire.
  • A range of documentation was reviewed, including the school’s checks on how well it is doing
    and development plans, information about pupils’ progress, behaviour and attendance, the
    curriculum and how well the school keeps pupils safe.

Inspection team

Hilary Ward, Lead inspector Additional Inspector
Peter Jones Additional Inspector

Full report

Information about this school

  • The school is smaller than the average-sized primary school. It has an Early Years Foundation
    Stage for Reception-aged children.
  • The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for the pupil premium is lower than average. (Pupil
    premium is additional funding for those pupils who are known to be eligible for free school
    meals, children who are looked after by the local authority and children of service families.)
  • The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is lower than average but the number of
    pupils who speak English as an additional language has increased in recent years. Many of these
    pupils join the school at times other than from the start of their Reception Year.
  • The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs who are
    supported at school action is about average but the proportion of those who receive support at
    school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average.
  • A private before- and after-school club is run on the school site but is inspected separately and
    was not included as part of this inspection. The school also runs its own after-school, lunchtime
    and holiday clubs.
  • The school shares some external facilities with a neighbouring primary school.
  • The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations
    for pupils’ attainment and progress.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Improve attainment in reading and mathematics so that more pupils, particularly more-able
    pupils, make outstanding progress by:
    further raising the expectations of teachers, pupils and parents for what they can achieve
    providing more opportunities for pupils to learn at a faster pace and to work more
    independently without being directed by the teacher.
  • Improve pupils’ speaking and listening skills by:
    encouraging them to extend their answers to questions when appropriate
    ensuring all pupils are actively involved in tasks where they can develop their confidence
    through practising their oral skills.

Inspection judgements

The achievement of pupils is good
  • Most children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills and knowledge below those
    typical nationally and a growing number arrive with English as an additional language. Children
    make rapid progress during their Reception Year as a result of the very effective communication
    and teaching strategies and the well-chosen resources which help them to learn very well in all
    areas of their development.
  • On entry to Key Stage 1, pupils are achieving at or slightly below national expectations which
    represents good progress during their year in Reception class. However, for many, literacy and
    numeracy skills remain low at this stage.
  • By the time they reach the end of Key Stage 1, however, the achievement of the majority of
    pupils is nearing the national average in English and mathematics.
  • This progress is built on in Key Stage 2 with pupils’ attainment reaching at least the national
    average in both English and mathematics.
  • Pupils make accelerated progress in writing because teachers have given attention to providing
    them with the support and prompts they need to write with confidence. Pupils can write well in
    all subjects of the curriculum. For example, in a Year 1 history lesson pupils enjoyed finding
    exciting words to describe the dinosaurs they were writing about.
  • Pupils do not always make sufficiently rapid progress towards higher levels of attainment,
    especially in reading and mathematics. This is because sometimes teachers do too much for
    more-able pupils. Occasionally, opportunities are missed for pupils to develop their independent
    thinking and speaking skills as effectively as they should by finding things out for themselves,
    answering questions fluently and talking about what they have learned independently.
  • All groups of pupils make at least good progress from their starting points. Consequently, those
    eligible for the pupil premium have closed attainment gaps with their peers. Disabled or those
    with special educational needs and pupils who speak English as an additional language, including
    those who join the school at later times, do particularly well because of the additional support
    they receive from well-trained staff and from specialist advisors the school brings in.
The quality of teaching is good
  • The quality of teaching is good and there is some outstanding practice across all key stages.
    Children in Early Years Foundation Stage are provided with a range of methods to support their
    early communication and enthusiastically join in with teachers and teaching assistants who
    model sign and gesture very effectively.
  • Lessons are fun and teachers are very skilled at finding topics that will capture their pupils’
    interests. For example, in a Year 2 mathematics lesson, pupils developed their knowledge of
    tables by calculating how many rows of seats had been sold on an aeroplane and how many
    were left. The teacher had added appropriate airport sound effects and visual resources which
    pupils really enjoyed.
  • Pupils know how well they are doing because teachers’ marking consistently provides them with
    information about their achievements and sets challenges and targets for where to go next.
    Increasingly, pupils are self-evaluating how well they are learning as they respond to the
    comments and additional work teachers give them.
  • Teaching assistants make an outstanding contribution to pupils’ learning across the school.
    Teaching assistants willingly undertake training and develop skills and knowledge which enable
    them to support pupils, especially those with additional needs, to give them an equal opportunity
    to succeed and close the gaps in their learning.
  • Early good communication skills are not always built on well enough higher up the school. Pupils
    develop very good writing skills but sometimes teachers miss opportunities to encourage pupils
    to verbally express their views and opinions with confidence.
  • Teachers plan lessons thoroughly, using a common format across the school to ensure activities
    are well matched to the differing abilities of pupils in the class. Planning ensures pupils are able
    to practise and develop their literacy and numeracy skills across all subjects of the curriculum.
    Occasionally, the planning does not enable pupils, especially those who are more-able, to find
    things out for themselves without the help of an adult.
The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • Parents say their children are safe and happy at Holy Family. Pupils and their parents enjoy
    excellent relationships with adults in the school. This, together with the Catholic ethos which
    permeates the rich curriculum, supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
    extremely well.
  • Pupils’ attitudes to learning are good and improving due to the introduction of an ‘assertive
    mentoring’ programme which encourages pupils to take increasing responsibility for their own
    learning, behaviour, attendance and punctuality. Pupils thoroughly enjoy ‘going for green’ and
    love to receive rewards such as the ‘I’ve been spotted’ cards. As a result of effective
    implementation of this approach, pupils are becoming more active learners in the classroom.
  • Behaviour in lessons and around school is now excellent. Senior leaders have reorganised some
    aspects of provision for the high number of disabled pupils and those with special educational
    needs to enable them to learn and behave more appropriately. This enables other pupils to learn
    more effectively too.
  • Pupils enjoy taking on responsibilities such as being members of the school council, eco-warriors
    and play buddies. They show respect for each other, for adults and for their community, with a
    group of older pupils inviting local councillors to see the mess made by dogs outside the school
    and asking for their support to take action. They enjoy learning about other cultures and take
    part in events, for instance as members of the choir, band or dance group.
  • The work of the parent support adviser, together with the assertive mentoring programme, has
    resulted in improvements in attendance and punctuality which are now close to national average
    and improving over time.
  • The mutually respectful relationships pupils enjoy with adults and fellow pupils ensure bullying in
    all its forms is understood and that rare occurrences are dealt with effectively. Pupils learn how
    to keep themselves safe and develop a good understanding of the dangers of social media.
The leadership and management are good
  • Holy Family is a very happy and steadily improving school because the headteacher and her
    team share a total commitment to providing their pupils with the best possible start in life. Given
    this track record, together with good governance, means that the school is well placed to
    improve further.
  • Senior and middle leaders have very accurately evaluated how well the school is doing and what
    is needed to make it even better. They have put actions in place to secure further improvements
    in pupils’ progress and attainment.
  • The headteacher, her deputy and middle leaders check pupils’ progress frequently. They match
    this against their regular monitoring of the quality of teaching. Support and training are provided
    to ensure staff have the skills they need to meet the learning needs of the different groups of
    pupils. As a result, all pupils have an equal opportunity to succeed. This is a highly inclusive
    school where support for vulnerable children is outstanding.
  • Staff feel well-supported by leaders and managers, including members of the governing body
    who are frequent visitors to the school. The support they receive has improved the quality of
    teaching over time.
  • The curriculum is extremely well-thought-out to be sure it captures pupils’ interests and
    imagination. Pupils go on a wide range of visits and have visitors into the school. Every member
    of staff offers a skill or interest in the huge range of after-school clubs which pupils can attend.
  • Partnerships with parents are very strong and they feel well-informed about what their children
    are learning. The school works closely with a range of external agencies where appropriate to
    support parents and their children to meet individual needs.
  • The local authority provides light-touch support to the school. Routine visits are made to monitor
    the quality of provision and ensure standards are maintained.
  • The governance of the school:
    Governance is good. Members of the governing body make regular visits to classrooms to
    monitor aspects of pupils’ learning. They are well informed about pupils’ progress and involved
    in decisions to improve the provision. Governors monitor the performance of the headteacher
    and other members of staff very effectively and ensure promotion is awarded appropriately.
    They ensure pupil premium funding is used in the best interests of eligible pupils and is
    making a difference. Governors have agreed how the new physical education and sports
    funding will be spent. Safeguarding is a priority and all requirements are fully met.

What inspection judgements mean


Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding An outstanding school is highly effective in delivering outcomes
that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs. This ensures
that pupils are very well equipped for the next stage of their
education, training or employment.
Grade 2 Good A good school is effective in delivering outcomes that provide well
for all its pupils’ needs. Pupils are well prepared for the next stage
of their education, training or employment.
Grade 3 Requires
A school that requires improvement is not yet a good school, but it
is not inadequate. This school will receive a full inspection within
24 months from the date of this inspection.
Grade 4 Inadequate A school that requires special measures is one where the school is
failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and
the school’s leaders, managers or governors have not
demonstrated that they have the capacity to secure the necessary
improvement in the school. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

A school that has serious weaknesses is inadequate overall and
requires significant improvement but leadership and management
are judged to be Grade 3 or better. This school will receive regular
monitoring by Ofsted inspectors.

School details

Unique reference number 104915
Local authority Sefton
Inspection number 428827

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

Type of school Primary
School category Voluntary aided
Age range of pupils 4–11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 208
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Ann Taylor
Headteacher Louise Morton
Date of previous school inspection 25 February 2009
Telephone number 01704 213084
Fax number 01704 211951
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