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Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School
Common Edge Road

phone: 01253 762833

headteacher: Miss Melanie Haggerty

reveal email: adm…


school holidays: via Blackpool council

204 pupils aged 4—10y mixed gender
210 pupils capacity: 97% full

100 boys 49%


105 girls 51%


Last updated: June 20, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 332684, Northing: 432442
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.784, Longitude: -3.0231
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
Nov. 7, 2012
Diocese of Lancaster
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Blackpool South › Stanley
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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School report

Our Lady of the Assumption

Catholic Primary School

Common Edge Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 5DF,

Inspection dates 7–8 November 2012
Overall effectiveness This inspection: Good 2
Previous inspection: Satisfactory 3
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 achieve well and make good progress;
Children get off to a flying start in the
The governing body provides good support.
attainment in reading and mathematics is
above the national average.
Reception class and experience and enjoy
greatly a well planned and exciting range of
It challenges when necessary because
governors know very well what the school
needs to do to be even better.
Teaching and learning are good across the
Pupils enjoy being in school. They say they feel
The headteacher leads the school very
school and some of the teaching is
safe and cared for well. Behaviour is good and
pupils show a respect for each other and for
the adults in school.
effectively and is well supported by the deputy
headteacher. Leaders are skilled at identifying
how well the school is doing. They take
decisive action to rectify identified weaknesses.
Teaching is good rather than outstanding.
Sometimes the work set for the more able
pupils is not hard enough and opportunities
are missed to help pupils improve their
writing skills.
Some pupils make slower progress in writing
across Years 4 to 6. As a result, attainment in
writing is below that in reading and

Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed 16 lessons of which one was a joint observation with the headteacher.
    Additional short visits in lessons were carried out to look at important issues such as how well
    pupils get on with their classmates and how well they behave.
  • Meetings were held with groups of pupils (randomly chosen), members of the governing body
    and with senior staff. A meeting was also held with a representative of the local authority.
  • Inspectors heard pupils read and talked to them about the types of books they enjoyed and
  • Pupils’ current work and available work and assessment from the previous academic year were
    scrutinised, including information which showed how well they do in English and mathematics.
  • Twenty two responses were received to the on line questionnaire (Parent View).
  • Most members of staff completed the voluntary staff questionnaire.

Inspection team

Geoffrey Yates, Lead inspector Additional Inspector
Robert Birtwell Additional Inspector

Full report

Information about this school

  • The school is a broadly average sized primary school.
  • The proportion of pupils supported through school action is below average.
  • The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special
    educational needs is below average.
  • The proportion of pupils from minority ethnic groups is well below average.
  • The proportion of pupils known to be eligible for pupil premium funding, including those entitled
    to free school meals and those looked after by the local authority, is below average.
  • The school meets the government’s current floor standards which set the minimum expectations
    for pupils’ attainment and progress.
  • The school has achieved many awards, including Healthy School status.

What does the school need to do to improve further?

  • Raise the quality of teaching to outstanding by ensuring that:
    - the existing best practice is shared across the school
    - more varied and demanding work is provided for the more able pupils, so that they have more
    opportunities to plan and organise their own learning
    - teachers constantly check, through questioning, pupils’ understanding and learning as lessons
    proceed, adjusting the planned tasks, where necessary, by what they find out.
  • Ensure achievement in writing is as good as in reading and mathematics in Key Stage 2 by:
    - giving pupils more regular opportunities to write at length
    - providing more opportunities for pupils to use and develop their writing skills well in other
    - making sure that pupils take on board comments made by teachers when marking their work,
    with regard to improving both the quality of content and the quality of presentation.

Inspection judgements

The achievement of pupils is good
  • Progress in almost all lessons observed during the inspection was good or better. Pupils enjoy
    learning because teachers plan work that motivates them. This was seen in an English lesson in
    Year 2 where outstanding teaching stimulated pupils to very markedly improve their writing by
    building in suspense. One pupil started his story with the line, ‘I was terrified as I went to open
    the creaking gate.’
  • Children start school with skills that are usually just below those expected for their age. Good
    and often outstanding teaching in the Reception class ensures children settle well into school
    life. They make good progress, especially in their personal development and in basic
    communication skills and mathematics. By the end of the Reception Year they are working well
    within the expected levels for their age. A real strength is in the way that children’s progress is
    checked on and the curriculum adapted to meet their needs both in the classroom and in the
    outside area.
  • Pupils’ progress in Years 1 and 2 builds successfully on what has been achieved previously and
    as a result, their attainment is above the expected levels by the end of Year 2 in reading, writing
    and mathematics.
  • While overall progress continues to be good in Years 3 to 6 in reading and mathematics,
    progress in writing is not consistently good. However, as a result of the school’s actions
    attainment in writing is rising in Year 3 but not yet in other years. There are some good
    examples of pupils being challenged to write at length and to use their writing skills in other
    subjects but not by all teachers. While marking has been improved, not enough is done to make
    sure pupils take full notice of how they might improve both the content of their writing and the
    way it is presented.
  • Attainment in reading is above the national average at the end of both Years 2 and 6. Pupils say
    that they love reading. This is because the teaching of reading skills is particularly effective and
    most pupils have great confidence in their reading ability. Pupils say they read for pleasure both
    within and outside school.
  • Pupils known to be eligible for free school meals make good progress and there is no significant
    gap between the achievement of this group with that achieved by pupils who are not eligible for
    free school meals.
  • Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress because teachers
    and support staff check their progress closely and provide good support.
  • Senior leaders have strengthened the ways in which they check how well pupils are doing. As a
    result, any pupils who are falling behind are identified promptly and support provided to make
    sure they catch up.
  • The majority of parents who responded to the on-line questionnaire felt that their children make
    good progress.
The quality of teaching is good
  • School staff have very effective working relationships with the pupils and classrooms are
    organised well. Pupils’ responses in lessons are valued greatly and as a result pupils are never
    frightened to put forward their ideas.
  • A strong feature of teaching is in the effective way issues relating to pupils’ spiritual, moral,
    social and cultural needs are interwoven into lessons. During the inspection, a lesson with older
    pupils focusing on Remembrance Sunday and what it stands for was successful in raising pupils’
    understanding of why it is held each year.
  • The teaching of reading is a major strength. Teachers across the school ensure that pupils are
    given plenty of opportunities to use and extend their reading skills.
  • Where teaching is outstanding, staff work very successfully to provide activities that really
    motivate pupils to want to learn. For example, those in the Reception class made excellent
    progress in finding out about the festival of Divali. The challenge of preparing a ‘secret’ party for
    their Year 5 playground buddies really captured their imagination.
  • Where teaching is good rather than outstanding evidence from pupils’ books and lesson
    observations shows that too few opportunities are provided for the more able pupils to organise
    their own learning and some of the work is not varied or hard enough.
  • In some classes, pupils are not asked to use and develop their writing skills well, either in
    literacy lessons or in other subjects.
  • Staff make good use of questions to encourage pupils to describe what they are doing and
    thinking. However, sometimes teachers do not adjust activities when it is clear that they are
    either too difficult or too easy for a particular group of pupils. Consequently, progress slows for
    these groups in these lessons.
  • Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs receive teaching that is of a good
    quality. Support staff are used well to support their learning.
  • Teachers mark pupils’ work diligently. However, not enough is done in making sure that pupils
    take on board the comments made.
The behaviour and safety of pupils are good
  • This is a school where pupils get on really well with each other and with the staff. This is a key
    factor in ensuring that good progress is made.
  • Most parents are sure the school provides a safe environment and that pupils enjoy school and
    behave well.
  • An analysis of records of pupils’ behaviour and observations made during the inspection show
    that behaviour over time is good.
  • Pupils are confident and polite in conversation with staff and visitors. They respond well to the
    many opportunities provided for them to take on responsibilities in the school. These include
    being a member of the school council, a peer mediator or being a playground pal to younger
  • Pupils’ enjoyment of school can be seen in their regular attendance and in their punctual arrival
    at the start of the day. Reception children, with no prompting from their teacher, have had an
    attempt at writing their own name in the classroom, before the bell goes to officially start the
    school day.
  • Pupils have a good understanding of how to keep safe and are confident that any issues they
    raise will be dealt with promptly by the school. They have a firm understanding of different types
    of bullying. They are confident that should any ever occur, adults would deal with it quickly,
    fairly and firmly.
The leadership and management are good
  • Leaders and managers are ambitious and have high expectations. The school accurately
    analyses how well it is doing. Consequently, the school improvement plan is realistic and highly
    focused. It shows firmly the school’s ambition to improve outcomes for all groups of pupils
  • The successful spiritual, moral, social and cultural programme of support for pupils is integrated
    into everything the school sets out to achieve for its pupils.
  • Strong management of the quality of teaching and the impact it has on pupils’ progress has
    brought about improvements since the previous inspection. Not only that, it has led to effective
    members of staff being promoted to positions of responsibility in other schools. A recent focus
    on the use of data about pupils’ progress has resulted in teachers having a more accurate
    understanding of how this information can be used better to help pupils learn and achieve higher
  • The responses to the staff questionnaires indicate that staff think highly about the leadership of
    the school and of the provision made for their professional development.
  • Leaders ensure that no pupils, regardless of background, or need, are denied access to anything
    the school has to offer. Equal opportunities are pursued with rigour.
  • Child protection and safeguarding have a high priority. Leaders ensure that all requirements are
    met and that the building is a safe place where learning can take place.
  • The curriculum is of a good quality. Pupils are taught a broad range of interesting topics.
    However, not enough is done to make sure that there are sufficient opportunities for pupils to
    develop their writing skills in Years 4 to 6. Subjects such as music are high on the agenda and a
    significant number of pupils are learning to play instruments. Pupils say they enjoy lessons and
    the good range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
  • The local authority provides light touch support for this good school.
  • The governance of the school:
    - Governors take their responsibilities very seriously. They ensure that all statutory requirements
    are met. Governance is well organised and well informed showing a good understanding of the
    school and its context. They know what is happening in school through detailed information
    they receive including the progress pupils make. The governors know how the budget is
    allocated. They are aware of how the extra money provided for pupils known to be eligible for
    pupil premium is used and that these pupils make good progress.

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 119596
Local authority Blackpool
Inspection number 405869

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 years
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number of pupils on the school roll 205
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Elaine Guerin
Headteacher Melanie Haggerty
Date of previous school inspection 22 September 2010
Telephone number 01253 762833
Fax number 01253 312583
Email address reveal email: adm…


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