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St Cuthbert's RC Primary School

St Cuthbert's RC Primary School
Heyscroft Road

phone: 0161 4456079

headteacher: Mr P O'hara

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school holidays: via Manchester council

328 pupils aged 3—10y mixed gender
315 pupils capacity: 104% full

170 boys 52%


160 girls 49%


Last updated: June 18, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 385306, Northing: 392529
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 53.429, Longitude: -2.2226
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
May 1, 2014
Diocese of Salford
Region › Const. › Ward
North West › Manchester, Withington › Withington
Urban > 10k - less sparse
SEN priorities
PD - Physical Disability
Free school meals %

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9 February 2015
Mr Dominic Mulcahy
Associate Headteacher
St Cuthbert's RC Primary School
Heyscroft Road
M20 4UZ
Dear Mr Mulcahy

Requires improvement: monitoring inspection visit to St Cuthbert’s RC
Primary School, Manchester

Following my visit to your school on 6 February 2015, I write on behalf of Her

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

inspection findings. 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.
This was the second monitoring inspection since the school was judged to require
improvement following the section 5 inspection in May 2014. 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.


During the inspection, I held meetings with you, the headteacher, the acting deputy
headteacher, the senior leadership and management team, the Chair and five
members of the Governing Body, five parents and representatives of the local
authority and diocese. The purpose of these meetings was to discuss the actions
taken since the last inspection and monitoring visit. I observed lessons and spoke to
pupils. I also examined a range of documentation and evaluated the school
improvement plan.


Since the last monitoring visit, the headteacher has been unwell but is now making a
phased return to school. The deputy headteacher has resigned. In the meantime,
you and the acting deputy headteacher have run the school, with the support of a
newly established senior leadership and management team. Three members of staff
have left the school and three new appointments have been made to replace them.
The governing body has been reconstituted and a new chair and vice chair have
been appointed, supported by an external adviser. There have also been changes in

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membership of the governing body and in the structure of governors’ committees.

Main findings

Since the last monitoring visit, you and the acting deputy headteacher have
instigated a number of crucial changes to the school which will provide a firm basis
for further development by the headteacher when he returns to work full time. In
this you have been assisted by senior leaders who have the dedication and
determination to make St Cuthbert’s a good school
After three revisions, the school improvement plan is now fit for purpose. It gives a
clear indication of the standards that you expect seven and 11 year old pupils to
reach by July 2015. These are generally in line with the national averages for last
year. You recognise that achieving them will require a considerable improvement on

the school’s past performance and have established milestones that will have to be

reached at the end of each term if this is to be ensured.
Your concerns about the accuracy of information have led to a detailed review of all
the data for pupils in Key Stages 1 and 2. The assessment information collected
since the beginning of this term will be moderated and used to review the current
targets and make them more demanding. The data for the Early Years had already
been moderated by the local authority and therefore were more secure. Your
tracking information shows that, against those targets, children are making better
than expected progress. Therefore, you are now planning to raise the targets so that

they are in line with last year’s national averages. One of the reasons for the

increased progress in the early years is the work that has been done by the early
years leader, the pupil premium champion and an external drama group to provide
additional support to specific pupils whose communication and language skills are
With the support of an external consultant, the leader for English has introduced a
revised literacy programme that places a greater focus on developing pupils’
command of grammar. You have appointed a new leader for mathematics, as well as
an additional part-time teacher of the subject, in order to improve provision in this
area. Every pupil in Year 6 now attends twice-weekly booster classes in English and
mathematics and the highest performing pupils have also worked with staff from the
local secondary school. It is clear, therefore, that considerable progress has been
made in raising the attainment, progress and aspirations of pupils.
Since my first monitoring visit, you and your colleagues have arranged a well-
attended listening session for parents, to enable them to raise any concerns about
the school and for you to share with them your plans for the future. This led to the

establishment of ‘Parents Voice’, on which every year group is represented. The five

parents whom I met spoke very enthusiastically about the changes that have
occurred since the previous monitoring visit, emphasising how positive and

‘energised’ they now find the staff. This was borne out by the enthusiasm of the

staff whom I met.
Since the middle of last term, you have established two Year 5 and two Year 6
classes, so that you can provide more targeted teaching in smaller classes. This has
proved popular with parents, pupils and staff.
Every teacher has been observed twice by the senior leaders and external
consultants. Your data show that the quality of teaching is improving but is still
inconsistent. Teachers have received detailed feedback on how they can improve
further. To support this, visits have been arranged for them to observe good or
outstanding practice in other schools.
Since the last visit, governance has improved considerably. Under the strong
leadership of the new Chair, the governors have conducted a review of their own
skills and identified the areas where they need further training and support.
Additional, relevant expertise has been enlisted through the new appointments to
the governing body. The governors have been actively involved in instigating and
supporting the changes made since my last visit. They have a clear understanding of
what needs to be done to ensure that the improvements made to date are sustained
and developed further.
I will revisit the school next term and, where necessary, Ofsted will provide further
support and challenge to the school until its next section 5 inspection.

External support

The school has established close working relationships with the diocesan
representative, and the school improvement and quality assurance partners from the
local authority. They have provided focused and timely support which you are using
to good effect.

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

Services for Manchester and the Director of Education for the Diocese of Salford.
Yours sincerely
Aelwyn Pugh

Her Majesty’s Inspector

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