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St Aidan's Catholic Primary School Closed - academy converter Oct. 31, 2013

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St Aidan's Catholic Primary School
Benton Road

phone: 020 *** ***

headteacher: Mrs Helen Brown

school holidays: via Redbridge council

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
Close date
Oct. 31, 2013
Reason closed
Academy Converter
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 544933, Northing: 187367
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.567, Longitude: 0.089684
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Ofsted last inspection
May 16, 2012
Diocese of Brentwood
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Ilford South › Newbury
Urban > 10k - less sparse

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Schools nearby

  1. St Aidan's Catholic Primary School IG14AS (466 pupils)
  2. 0.2 miles Seven Kings High School IG27BT (1387 pupils)
  3. 0.3 miles Canon Palmer Catholic School IG38EU
  4. 0.3 miles The John Barker Centre IG11UE (4 pupils)
  5. 0.3 miles The Palmer Catholic Academy IG38EU (1214 pupils)
  6. 0.3 miles Read Academy IG14AD (17 pupils)
  7. 0.4 miles Downshall Primary School IG38UG (568 pupils)
  8. 0.4 miles Five Rivers London IG38RG
  9. 0.4 miles Aldborough Primary School IG38HZ (228 pupils)
  10. 0.4 miles Isaac Newton Academy IG11FY (362 pupils)
  11. 0.6 miles Christchurch Junior School IG14LQ
  12. 0.6 miles Christchurch Infants' School IG14LQ
  13. 0.6 miles St Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School IG11SA (460 pupils)
  14. 0.6 miles Winston Way Primary School IG12WS (715 pupils)
  15. 0.6 miles Christchurch Primary School IG14LQ (1064 pupils)
  16. 0.7 miles Gordon Infants' School IG11SU (221 pupils)
  17. 0.7 miles Newbury Park Primary School IG27LB (929 pupils)
  18. 0.7 miles South Park Junior School IG39HF
  19. 0.7 miles South Park Infants' School IG39HF
  20. 0.7 miles Ilford Grammar School IG38RW (169 pupils)
  21. 0.7 miles South Park Primary School IG39HF (813 pupils)
  22. 0.8 miles Eastcourt Independent School IG38UW (323 pupils)
  23. 0.8 miles Oaks Park High School IG27PQ (1554 pupils)
  24. 0.9 miles Farnham Green Primary School IG38UY (622 pupils)

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Age group 3-11
Inspection date(s) 16-17 May 2012
Inspection number 376773

St Aidan's Roman Catholic Primary


Inspection report

Unique reference number 102846
Local authority Redbridge
Inspection number 376773
Inspection dates 16–17 May 2012
Lead inspector Penny Spencer

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 3-11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Nu mber of pupils on the school roll 465
Appropriate authority The governing body
Chair Bill Whiston
Headteacher Helen Brown
Date of previous school inspection 10 December 2007
School address Benton Road
Telephone number 020 8590 5223
Fax number 020 8503 8344
Email address reveal email: admi…
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Inspection team

Penny Spencer Additional inspector
Christopher Crouch Additional inspector
Trevor Neat Additional inspector

This inspection was carried out with two days' notice. Inspectors observed 19 lessons
seeing all teachers. They held meetings with senior and middle leaders, members of
the governing body, parents, and several groups of pupils. Inspectors took account
of the responses to the on-line Parent View survey in planning the inspection. They

observed the school’s work, looked at work in pupils’ books, and at the school’s

analysis of data, the school development plan, school self-evaluation and records of
monitoring of teachers’ performance. Inspectors also analysed the 240 parents’ and
carers’ questionnaires, as well as those from staff and pupils.

Information about the school

This larger-than-average Catholic primary school serves a diverse population. The
proportion of pupils who are eligible for free school meals is slightly above average.
The majority of pupils come from minority ethnic backgrounds. Almost half of pupils
speak English as an additional language. Approximately 65% of pupils belong to the
Catholic faith with the remainder embracing a wide variety of other beliefs. The
proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special
educational needs is average. The proportion of pupils joining or leaving the school
at other than the usual times is higher than average. The school has gained a
number of awards including National Healthy School Status, Activemark, Artsmark
and ICT mark. The school has a breakfast club managed by the governing body. In
recent months, there have been several staff changes. These include the recruitment
of several new teachers to cover sickness and maternity leave. The school meets the

government’s current floor standard, which sets the minimum requirements for

pupils’ attainment and progress.

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Inspection judgements

Overall effectiveness 2
Achievement of pupils 2
Quality of teaching 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils 2
Leadership and management 2

Key findings

  • This happy, inclusive and multi-cultural school is good because it is well-led
    and managed and all pupils make good progress. It is not yet outstanding
    because the quality of teaching is not outstanding overall and does not enable
    all pupils to make maximum progress.
  • Achievement is good. Children make good progress in the Early Years
    Foundation Stage and this is sustained and improved as they move through
    the school. Consequently, by the time they leave at the end of Year 6, all
    groups of pupils achieve standards that are broadly in line with those of their
    peers nationally. Occasionally some higher ability pupils, especially in Key
    Stage 1, are not challenged enough to achieve as highly as they might.
  • Good teaching overall stimulates the pupils’ imaginations, drives learning
    forward and is the foundation for good achievement. Although teaching
    enables pupils to achieve well, inconsistencies in the marking for some pupils,
    means they are not always sure of how to improve. Poor presentation in many
    pupils’ books detracts from their achievement and does not reflect their ability.
  • Pupils behave well in lessons and around the school. They are highly
    motivated and work hard. Pupils are polite, cooperate well with adults and
    each other and enjoy their learning.
  • The headteacher is supported ably by her senior leadership team, a well-led
    governing body and effective middle leaders. The school’s performance is well
    managed. Leaders ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural
    development is well promoted, especially through music and art. The school’s
    Catholic ethos is present in all it does. Pupils are given time to think through a
    good range of issues and this practice promotes a spirit of enquiry, developing
    them as reflective citizens.
    What does the school need to do to improve further?
  • By summer 2013, raise achievement by ensuring that teaching in all classes is
    good or better through:
    more effective marking of pupils’ work so that their mistakes are corrected
    and misunderstandings are clarified
    higher expectations for handwriting and presentation of work to reflect the
    pupils’ ability
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  • Improve planning in Key Stage 1 to ensure work consistently challenges those
    pupils who could do harder work.
    Main report
    Achievement of pupils
    Children join the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills that are below, and
    sometimes well below, those expected for their age. They make good progress. By
    the end of their Reception Year, most children’s skills are in line with those expected
    for their age, particularly in communication, language and literacy and in their
    personal development.
    Pupils continue to make good progress, and attainment in Key Stage 1 is rising,
    although attainment at the higher levels is not yet as good as it could be. Continued
    good progress means pupils leave Year 6 with attainment that is broadly average;
    the percentage of pupils achieving at the higher levels has increased, especially in
    English. Rigorous analysis of assessment data shows a steady rise in current
    outcomes for all pupils.
    Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, as well as those who
    speak English as an additional language, make good progress from their starting
    points because their needs are carefully assessed and work is planned appropriately.
    Pupils, who read to the inspectors, had a very positive attitude to reading, which was
    further evidenced during observations in the classrooms. Younger pupils show
    developing skills appropriate for their age, supported by a regularity of reading both
    at home and school; attainment at the end of Key Stage 1 is above average. By the
    end of Year 6 pupils are showing a great deal of sophistication in their reading ability
    and understanding of different texts and authors ensuring they are well placed to
    move on to the next stage of their education. Pupils’ ability, to both decode words
    and understand the books they are reading, is supported by the structured approach
    to the teaching of phonics (the sounds that letters make) used throughout the
    school. This is ensuring that pupils are making better-than-expected progress in
    Pupils have high aspirations and are determined to do well. Their positive attitudes
    and the sensible way in which they work together contribute significantly to their
    effective acquisition of knowledge and development of essential skills.
    The overwhelming majority of parents and carers feel their children are making good
    progress in school.
    Quality of teaching
    The inspection confirms the judgement of almost all parents and carers, that their
    children are making good progress because they are taught well and their individual
    needs are carefully met. Much teaching is lively and pitched carefully to meet each
    pupil’s needs.
    Children are given a stimulating start in the Early Years Foundation Stage because
    good, well-organised teaching creates learning opportunities that are personalised
    for the needs of every child. Inspectors witnessed outstanding teaching, during a
    Reception class session, where children took part in a mock conference to organise
    events for the Olympics. They showed sustained concentration and obvious
    enjoyment, leading to exceptional learning experiences for all.
    Teachers are secure in knowing how well pupils are doing and the needs of different
    groups throughout the school. As a result, teachers generally plan activities that are
    appropriately challenging for different groups of learners by age and ability.
    However, sometimes the level of challenge is too low for more-able pupils, especially
    in Key Stage 1 and, as a result, they occasionally make less progress than other
    groups of pupils.
    Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs, and those who speak
    English as an additional language, do well because learning is carefully tailored to
    their needs. Very effective deployment of learning support staff allows all pupils to
    access the curriculum effectively.
    Teachers encourage ‘talk partners’ and plan good opportunities for speaking,
    including role play and drama. This helps pupils to generate ideas and use their
    learning targets which are clearly laid out in their books. Consequently, pupils often
    refer to the levels at which they are working. The best marking of work is thorough
    and challenges pupils to correct their mistakes. However, there are inconsistencies in
    approach that mean some pupils are not always clear about their next steps for
    Teaching of reading and writing is exceptionally well structured with pupils being
    taught in ability groups across the school. As a result, teaching is securely targeted
    to the needs of the pupils which is leading to a sustained rise in outcomes for all
    groups. Many parents commented particularly on how this approach has improved
    their children’s learning. As one parent commented, ‘My child has been given a great
    start in life due to the teaching and commitment of the staff at St. Aidan’s’.
    Teachers’ plan the creative, enquiry-based curriculum, well, to offer a wide range of
    developmental opportunities. For example, pupils in Year 6 used their class webpage
    to post poems and stories for their classmates and visitors to comment on, while
    pupils in Year 2 worked out how to re-home a family following a fire, including
    ensuring there was a fire alarm in the new property. These opportunities successfully
    support the pupils’ good spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
    Behaviour and safety of pupils
    Pupils from diverse backgrounds get on well together. They are courteous, polite and
    support one another well. Staff model how relationships can be built on mutual
    respect and consideration for the feelings of others. Consistency in managing
    behaviour allows pupils to retain their vibrant character within an atmosphere that is
    purposeful and caring.
    Pupils in Year 6 take on responsible roles in leading house forums, as sports captains
    and playground helpers. They were keen to explain how they had to apply correctly
    for the jobs and have an interview with the headteacher to make sure they were
    suitable. After discussions at House Forum meetings with all members of their houses
    from Year 1 to Year 6 they use their budgets to support fundraising events for their
    chosen charity or for school improvement, such as purchasing new playground
    equipment. They take these roles very seriously and ensure that money is not
    wasted. They act as strong role models for the rest of the pupils and contribute
    effectively to the overall good behaviour.
    The school has very comprehensive procedures in place to check on and promote
    attendance. As a result, and because of pupils’ very positive attitudes towards
    school, attendance levels are above average. Punctuality to school and to lessons is
    consistently good.
    Pupils demonstrate a very strong awareness of how to identify risks and keep safe,
    including when using the internet. Bullying was said to be very rare including cyber
    bullying and if there is any it is dealt with quickly and effectively. Almost all parents
    and carers feel the school keeps their children safe and that behaviour is good. Some
    pupils, in their responses to the questionnaires, were less sure that behaviour was
    good most of the time. Discussions, by inspectors, with pupils from all key stages in
    a variety of situations did not bear this out at all.
    Leadership and management
    Good leadership and management provide the school with a sharp focus on
    improvement and a clear vision for future development. Self-evaluation is accurate
    and informs good-quality strategic planning that provides a clear path for the
    successful implementation of its aims. School leaders have developed an
    environment in which there is a constant drive to raise achievement. The rigorous
    analysis of assessment data enables leaders to focus their attention on ensuring
    every child realises their potential.
    The governing body provides good strategic direction and has been determinedly
    involved in the school’s improvement. They provide a good level of challenge to
    school leaders, regularly analysing the performance of pupils and monitoring
    improvement. These features underpin the school’s strong capacity for further
    The school has raised the involvement of middle leaders, who have successfully
    managed a wide range of curriculum improvement initiatives to enthuse learners.
    The good curriculum is broad and exciting with well-developed provision for the
    needs of all pupils, using a range of technology to enhance learning. It builds well on
    pupils’ previous learning and their first-hand knowledge of diversity and other
    cultures. Pupils comment excitedly on the opportunities they have, to take on real-
    life roles as part of their topics. The take-up of the wide range of extra-curricular
    activities is high and parents and carers are very appreciative of the extra
    opportunities available for their children.
    Leaders’ and managers’ impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural
    development is very positive. Through their committed, faith-based, ethos they
    promote a strong climate for pupils to work and play together harmoniously. Pupils’
    actions show their good understanding of right and wrong. This good practice and
    the supportive atmosphere for pupils’ learning and personal development reflect the
    school’s rigorous attention to promoting equality of opportunity and tackling
    School leaders have worked effectively to engage with parents and carers who are
    always welcomed into the school. The majority of parents and carers say that their
    views are sought and acted upon, and they are kept very well informed of the
    progress of their children.
    The school site is well maintained and arrangements for safeguarding pupils meet
    statutory requirements; staff have a robust knowledge of procedures to safeguard
    pupils’ welfare and safety.
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What inspection judgements mean

Grade Judgement Description
Grade 1 Outstanding These features are highly effective. An outstanding
school provides exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.
Grade 2 Good These are very positive features of a school. A school
that is good is serving its pupils well.
Grade 3 Satisfactory These features are of reasonable quality. A satisfactory
school is providing adequately for its pupils.
Grade 4 Inadequate These features are not of an acceptable standard. An
inadequate school needs to make significant
improvement in order to meet the needs of its pupils.
Ofsted inspectors will make further visits until it

Overall effectiveness of schools

Overall effectiveness judgement (percentage of schools)
Type of school Outstanding Good Satisfactory Inadequate
Nursery schools 54 42 2 2
Primary schools 14 49 32 6
20 39 34 7
Special schools 33 45 20 3
Pupil referral
9 55 28 8
All schools 16 47 31 6

New school inspection arrangements have been introduced from 1 January 2012. This means that
inspectors make judgements that were not made previously.
The data in the table above are for the period 1 September to 31 December 2011 and represent
judgements that were made under the school inspection arrangements that were introduced on 1
September 2009. These data are consistent with the latest published official statistics about
maintained school inspection outcomes (see
The sample of schools inspected during 2010/11 was not representative of all schools nationally, as
weaker schools are inspected more frequently than good or outstanding schools .
Primary schools include primary academy converters. Secondary schools include secondary academy
converters, sponsor-led academies and city technology colleges. Special schools include special
academy converters and non-maintained special schools.

Percentages are rounded and do not always add exactly to 100.

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Common terminology used by inspectors

Achievement: the progress and success of a pupil in their

learning and development taking account of their

Attainment: the standard of the pupils’ work shown by test and

examination results and in lessons.

Attendance the regular attendance of pupils at school and in

lessons, taking into account the school’s efforts to

encourage good attendance.

Behaviour how well pupils behave in lessons, with emphasis

on their attitude to learning. Pupils’ punctuality to

lessons and their conduct around the school.

Capacity to improve: the proven ability of the school to continue

improving based on its self-evaluation and what
the school has accomplished so far and on the
quality of its systems to maintain improvement.

Floor standards the national minimum expectation of attainment

and progression measures.

Leadership and management: the contribution of all the staff with responsibilities,

not just the governors and headteacher, to
identifying priorities, directing and motivating staff
and running the school.

Learning: how well pupils acquire knowledge, develop their

understanding, learn and practise skills and are
developing their competence as learners.

Overall effectiveness: inspectors form a judgement on a school’s overall

effectiveness based on the findings from their
inspection of the school.

Progress: the rate at which pupils are learning in lessons and

over longer periods of time. It is often measured
by comparing the pupils’ attainment at the end of a
key stage with their attainment when they started.

Safety how safe pupils are in school, including in lessons;

and their understanding of risks. Pupils’ freedom

from bullying and harassment. How well the school
promotes safety, for example e-learning.

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18 May 2012
Dear Pupils

Inspection of St Aidan’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Ilford, IG1 4AS

Thank you very much for the friendly welcome you gave us when we visited your
school. We enjoyed talking with you and seeing you at work and play. We
particularly enjoyed talking to you about what it is like to be a pupil in your school,
hearing you read and coming to see your lessons. Your parents and carers are very

pleased with the school. This letter is to tell you that we found that St Aidan’s is a

good school. Some of the things that make it good are that:

  • you behave well and you are very helpful, thoughtful and polite
  • you work hard and you make good progress to achieve well
  • you enjoy your lessons and your curriculum topics are interesting and exciting
  • you have effective school leaders and teachers who make sure you are safe.

To help your school to be even better we have asked your headteacher and senior
leaders to:

  • make teaching even better by asking teachers to mark your books more
    effectively so that you know exactly what you have done well and what you
    need to do next
  • make sure those of you who find the work easy are challenged even more
  • ensure that you always present your work well, with good handwriting, so it is
    easy to see how well you are doing.

You can help by continuing to work hard and by enjoying everything you do at
We send you our best wishes for the future.
Yours sincerely
Penny Spencer
Lead inspector

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