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St Augustine's Catholic Primary School

St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
Cranbrook Road
Gants Hill

phone: 020 85541919

headteacher: Ms Delia Doyle

school holidays: via Redbridge council

470 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
420 pupils capacity: 112% full

225 boys 48%

≤ 263y154a114b134c85y236y277y318y319y2210y38

245 girls 52%

≤ 233y274a144b54c95y376y337y298y299y3710y22

Last updated: July 9, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 543825, Northing: 188898
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.581, Longitude: 0.074336
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
July 16, 2013
Diocese of Brentwood
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Ilford North › Barkingside
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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29 November 2013
Mrs Delia Doyle
St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
Cranbrook Road
Gants Hill
Dear Mrs Doyle

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to St Augustine's
Catholic Primary School

Following my visit to your school on 27 November, 2013, I write on behalf of Her

Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills to report 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 July 2013. It was carried out
under section 8 of the Education Act 2005.
Senior leaders and governors are taking effective action to tackle the areas requiring
improvement identified at the recent section 5 inspection. The school should take
further action to:

 sharpen the action plan by refining the monitoring process so that you

are clear about the evidence you will gather, who will gather it and
when; be clear what you expect to see at regular intervals along the
way and involve governors in the process

 redouble efforts to close the gap between those for whom the school

receives pupils premium funding and the other pupils by looking
carefully at how the funding is being spent and evaluating what
differences you can see as a direct result.

1–4 Portland Square
T 0300 123 1231
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During the visit, I held meetings with you, other leaders, a group of more able
pupils, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and a representative of the
local authority to discuss the action taken since the last inspection. I evaluated the
school action plan. I also looked at pupils’ work in mathematics and English as well
as records of pupils’ progress, performance management records and evidence of
your monitoring of the quality of teaching. You gave me a guided tour of the school
during which I was able to see pupils in lessons. I examined the recent record of a
monitoring visit by the diocese of Brentwood.


Since the last inspection one member of staff has left and has been replaced by a
newly qualified teacher

Main findings

The middle leaders are driving change through the regular meetings you have
introduced to discuss the pupils’ progress. Staff are now more aware of individual

pupils’ needs. As a result, this allows staff to develop their teaching skills. The

introduction of the new system to track pupils’ progress using data is making
significant difference to the pace at which pupils improve because it is enabling
teachers to intervene swiftly when required.
The more able pupils I met told me that there are now activities that they find
challenging. One pupil said ‘lessons are more interactive and more enjoyable [since


All of the areas of concern identified in the last inspection report are addressed in
your action plan, including work in mathematics and English. Teachers are already
beginning to asking searching questions in lessons. Each stage in the plan is
achievable in the time allocated. The checking of the success of each part of the
plan needs to be strengthened by making the criteria measurable. The targets need
to focus on the progress of the pupils as well as the attainment with a focus on the
different groups of pupils in your school, including those that attract the Pupil
Premium funding. The monitoring and evaluation of each step in the plan needs to
be clearer; there is a role for governors in looking at the plan regularly as well as
using the Local Authority to give expert monitoring at key stages.
The previous inspection report noted gaps in both the attainment and the progress
of pupils for whom the school receives the Pupil Premium and the other pupils. This
gap was widening last year. This gap remains a concern because not only is it still
too wide generally but there is also considerable variation in the size of this gap in
different year groups.
Governors are now aware of their role and are beginning to provide you with
challenge as well as support. They have a growing understanding of the information
you provide and are asking for more detail about the progress that pupils are
making. The proposal to form a ‘Requires Improvement’ committee is a sensible way
forward to help the school keep on track.
Ofsted may carry out further visits and, where necessary, provide further support
and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The local authority is very supportive. It is providing direct support through advisers

and also in financing the school’s own initiatives for improvement. Links with other

local schools have been established to help staff improve their practice.

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

Services for Redbridge and the Diocese of Brentwood.
Yours sincerely
Thomas Packer

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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