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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Witney Closed - academy converter March 31, 2013

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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Witney
Curbridge Road

phone: 01993 *** ***

headteacher: Mrs Anne Marie Kelly


school holidays: via Oxfordshire council

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
Close date
March 31, 2013
Reason closed
Academy Converter
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 434310, Northing: 209391
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.782, Longitude: -1.504
Accepting pupils
5—11 years old
Ofsted last inspection
Jan. 15, 2013
Archdiocese of Birmingham
Region › Const. › Ward
South East › Witney › Witney Central
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  1. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School, Witney OX285JZ (192 pupils)
  2. 0.3 miles Queen's Dyke CP School OX285JW (260 pupils)
  3. 0.3 miles West Witney Primary School OX285FZ (311 pupils)
  4. 0.7 miles Tower Hill Community Primary School OX286NB (205 pupils)
  5. 0.7 miles The Batt Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School OX286DY (321 pupils)
  6. 0.7 miles The Henry Box School OX284AX
  7. 0.7 miles West Oxfordshire College OX286NE
  8. 0.7 miles The Henry Box School OX284AX (1244 pupils)
  9. 0.8 miles St Mary's Church of England Controlled Infant School OX284AZ (89 pupils)
  10. 1.2 mile The Blake Church of England (Aided) Primary School OX283FR (406 pupils)
  11. 1.4 mile Witney Community Primary School OX281HL (200 pupils)
  12. 1.4 mile Witney Nursery School OX281HL
  13. 1.5 mile Ducklington Primary School OX297US (190 pupils)
  14. 1.6 mile Wood Green School OX281DX (1037 pupils)
  15. 1.7 mile The King's School OX296TA (161 pupils)
  16. 1.7 mile Springfield School OX281AR (84 pupils)
  17. 1.7 mile Madley Brook Community Primary School OX281AR (312 pupils)
  18. 2.1 miles St Kenelm's Church of England (VC) School OX290SP (101 pupils)
  19. 2.2 miles Hailey Church of England Primary School OX299UB (101 pupils)
  20. 2.6 miles Cokethorpe School OX297PU (651 pupils)
  21. 2.9 miles Brize Norton Primary School OX183PL (110 pupils)
  22. 3.5 miles North Leigh Church of England (Controlled) School OX296SS (176 pupils)
  23. 3.6 miles St John the Evangelist CofE VA Primary School OX181JF (372 pupils)
  24. 3.9 miles Aston and Cote Church of England Primary School OX182DU (141 pupils)

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25 March 2013
Mrs J Walker
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School,
Curbridge Road
OX28 5JZ
Dear Mrs Walker

Requires improvement monitoring inspection visit under section 8 of the
Education act 2005 to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School,

Following my visit to your school on 25 March 2013, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report on the

findings of my visit. Thank you for the help you gave me and for the time you made
available to discuss the actions you are taking to improve the school since the most
recent section 5 inspection.
The visit was the first monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in January 2013. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.


During the visit, meetings were held with the two acting headteachers, the Chair of
the Governing Body, a representative of the local authority and a group of pupils.
The school improvement plan and action plans were evaluated. A range of other

documents were scrutinised, including current information on pupils’ attainment and



Since the section 5 inspection, the headteacher continues to be on maternity leave.
One teaching assistant resigned and has left the school. One teacher has been
appointed on a temporary contract. One teacher is due to begin maternity leave in
May. The school becomes a part of a multi-academy company on 1 April 2013.

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Main findings

The acting headteachers and the governing body accepted the findings of the
inspection, recognising that the areas for improvement are the most important
priorities for the school. The school improvement plan has been amended, but
further clarity is required to precisely specify the most important actions required to
support further improvement, to clarify the timescales for actions, to identify the
member of staff responsible for each action and determine governors monitoring
Senior leaders acted swiftly to begin to address the areas for improvement. Actions
which had already been put in place prior to the inspection are beginning to show
impact. The calculation policy is now more consistently applied. New resources to
support the teaching of mathematics enable teachers to plan lessons to support the
systematic development of pupils’ calculation skills. The mathematics subject leader
has been instrumental in supporting teachers to plan more opportunities to actively
involve pupils during mathematics lessons. Links have been forged with the group of
schools which are due to form the multi-academy company in April. These links have
enabled teachers to observe outstanding teaching and receive additional support to

improve planning in order to devise lessons which are suitably focused on meeting

the learning needs of different groups of pupils. Some teachers have received
additional support to ensure that lessons are delivered at an appropriate pace and
resources are well-organised to support pupils’ learning. This aspect of improvement
work is at an early stage of development and the impact is not yet fully evident.
Work has begun to review the curriculum, but this is at an early stage of
development. Suitable links across a range of subjects are in place, but there is more

to be done to ensure pupils’ skills are developed systematically in all areas of the

curriculum. Pupils are generally positive about the improvements since the
inspection. They say the work planned is more challenging and enjoyable and there
are more opportunities for them to engage in interesting and practical activities such
as role play and hot seating.
Senior leaders have taken effective steps to improve the system for tracking and
recording the attainment and progress of pupils. Teachers are now able to access
the system more readily to record data. This information is providing a clear
indication of the progress of individuals and groups of pupils. The most recent
assessments show that the progress of some, but not all, pupils is beginning to
increase more rapidly. There are however, pockets of slower progress in some
Governors are committed to ensure the school rapidly improves. Following the
inspection, they issued questionnaires to parents and staff in order to gain a clear
understanding of their views and concerns, and to inform their monitoring.
Governors recognise that staff stability and the recruitment of high quality teaching
staff are required to ensure the necessary consistency in the quality of teaching, to

increase rates of pupil’s progress. The expertise of a governor, who specialises in

mathematics, is being effectively used to deliver after school mathematics
enrichment activities for higher achieving pupils.
Senior leaders and governors have begun to take effective action to tackle the areas
requiring improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. Following the
visit to the school, HMI recommend that further action is taken to:

Amend the school improvement plan to include:

- specific actions to sharpen the focus on how each area for

improvement is to be achieved

- precise timescales and milestones to determine when each action

should be achieved

- the person responsible for implementing the actions
- the role of governors in monitoring the plan.

Send the amended school improvement plan to the HMI by the end of May.

Ofsted will continue to monitor the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The school improvement officer (SIO) has provided support to review pupils’
progress, set whole school targets and carry out joint lesson observations with the
acting headteacher. In addition, the SIO has advised the governing body on the
performance appraisal of the acting headteacher. Prior to the inspection, a
mathematics advisor provided a range of support to the mathematics subject leader.
This level of support has now been reduced and the mathematics subject leader is
coaching and supporting teaching staff.

I am copying this letter to the Chair of the Governing Body the Director of Children’s

Services for Oxfordshire, the Diocesan Education Serviceand the Director of the

Multi-Academy Company.

Yours sincerely
Ann Henderson

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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