St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Maidenhead
Headteacher: Mrs P Opalko
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420 pupils capacity: 90% full
190 boys 50%
185 girls 49%
Last updated: June 19, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Aided School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Roman Catholic
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Aided School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 486604, Northing: 180492
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 51.517, Longitude: -0.75328
- Accepting pupils
- 5—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- Sept. 23, 2009
- Diocese of Portsmouth (rc)
- Region › Const. › Ward
- South East › Maidenhead › Boyn Hill
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- 0.1 miles Altwood CofE Secondary School SL64PU
- 0.1 miles The Beacon Tutorial SL64PU
- 0.1 miles Altwood CofE Secondary School SL64PU (816 pupils)
- 0.4 miles Newlands Girls' School SL65JB (1144 pupils)
- 0.5 miles All Saints CofE Junior School SL64AR (226 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Wessex Primary School SL63AT (493 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Wessex Infant School SL63AT
- 0.6 miles Boyne Hill CofE Infant and Nursery School SL64HZ (257 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Cox Green School SL63AX
- 0.6 miles Cox Green School SL63AX (908 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Lowbrook Primary School SL63AR
- 0.7 miles Manor Green School SL63EQ (206 pupils)
- 0.7 miles RBWM Alternative Learning Provision SL63EQ (11 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Lowbrook Academy SL63AR (263 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Redroofs Theatre School SL64JT (84 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Brocket PRU - Alternative Provision SL64EY
- 0.9 miles Alwyn Infant School SL66EU (310 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Courthouse Junior School SL65HE (387 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Berkshire College of Art and Design SL66DF
- 1 mile Larchfield Primary and Nursery School SL62SG (212 pupils)
- 1 mile Larchfield Junior School SL62SG
- 1 mile Larchfield County Infant School SL62SG
- 1.1 mile Desborough School SL62QB
- 1.1 mile Maidenhead College for Girls SL66AW
Ofsted report transcript
St Edmund Campion Catholic
Primary School, Maidenhead
110030Unique Reference Number
Windsor and MaidenheadLocal Authority
12 December 2006Inspection date
Steven HillReporting inspector
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.
Altwood RoadSchool addressPrimaryType of school
MaidenheadVoluntary aidedSchool category
511Age range of pupils
01628 620183Telephone numberMixedGender of pupils
01628 624010Fax number263Number on roll (school)
Mrs Anne Marie ImpeyChairThe governing bodyAppropriate authority
Mrs Patricia OpalkoHeadteacher
27 November 2000Date of previous school
Inspection numberInspection dateAge group
27835112 December 2006511
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Inspection Report: St Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Maidenhead, 12 December 2006
The inspection was carried out by an Additional Inspector.
Description of the school
The school is slightly larger than the average primary school. The large majority of
pupils are of White British origin with other pupils coming from a variety of ethnic
backgrounds. The proportion of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities is average.
Very few pupils have a home language other than English, and hardly any are at early
stages of learning English. Very few pupils are entitled to free school meals. There are
currently nine mixed aged classes, and no children in the Foundation Stage, because
of the local authority's admission arrangements. As a result, two-thirds of pupils spend
just two terms in the Reception class, with the other third going straight into Year 1.
Children's attainment when they start school varies, but is above average overall.
Key for inspection grades
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Overall effectiveness of the school
Good leadership and management have made St Edmund Campion a good school that
has outstanding pastoral provision. The very positive learning environment helps pupils
to make good progress academically, and their personal development and well-being
are outstanding. Systems for pupils' care, support and guidance are excellent.
The Foundation Stage provision is well organised for those children who are able to
spend time in the Reception class, and records show that they achieve well.
Pupils achieve well throughout the school because of good teaching and learning, and
thorough systems to track their individual progress. Standards are consistently high
in English, mathematics and science. Standards are equally high in some other subjects,
notably history and geography. Pupils do particularly well in reading. Some older pupils
who find mathematics difficult do not do as well in this subject as they do in English.
The school has identified that this is because they lack confidence and need to make
good some 'gaps' in their basic mathematical knowledge. A programme to address
this has been put in place.
Teachers have very good relationships with pupils and work hard to make lessons
interesting. Together with an exciting and wide-ranging curriculum, this ensures that
pupils thoroughly enjoy their lessons and work hard. Consistently high expectations
throughout the school ensure that pupils behave very well, and behaviour is excellent
in lessons. Pupils have very good collaborative skills because teachers give them many
well-planned opportunities to work together. A very wide range of enrichment activities
contributes considerably to pupils' standards and enjoyment. Pupils get on very well
together, and take on a wide range of responsibilities enthusiastically. By the end of
the school, they are confident learners, with thoughtful and caring attitudes towards
others. They are developing a very good understanding of environmental issues, greatly
helped by the school's involvement in the 'Learning for Sustainability' project. Very
effective partnerships with other schools, with parents and the community all support
the school's good provision.
The work of the school is monitored very thoroughly by senior management, under
the very strong leadership of the headteacher. Feedback to colleagues after
observations of lessons has helped improve the quality of teaching. Careful tracking
of the progress made by individuals helps identify any who are falling behind, and the
school intervenes well to ensure that all make good progress. The work of a large
number of skilled teaching assistants contributes very effectively to this. The school
currently lacks an effective computer-based system to track the progress of each year
group across the school, and is planning to introduce this to give an even more detailed
overview of the strengths and weaknesses in progress. The work of the subject
coordinators is very effective in supporting teaching and learning, and contributes
well to the excellent curriculum.
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What the school should do to improve further
- Raise standards in mathematics at Key Stage 2, particularly by improving the
achievement and confidence of pupils who have struggled with the subject in the
- Introduce a system to give a clearer overview of the progress of different groups
as they go through the school.
Achievement and standards
Records show that children make good progress in the Reception class and standards
are above national expectations when pupils start in Year 1. Standards are significantly
above average throughout the school, as shown by consistently good results in national
assessments at the ages of seven and eleven. The achievement of boys, which had
previously lagged behind, is now broadly similar to that of girls following effective
work to improve this. Pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities do well, in large
part because of the very effective help they receive from teaching assistants.
Standards are very high in reading, with all eleven-year-olds reaching the expected
standards in 2006, and three quarters exceeding them. Standards in mathematics,
while above average, are not as high, because of a 'tail' of pupils who do not reach
the expected level. The school has started to use a national programme, known as
'Wave 3', to address the needs of these pupils. They are already showing improved
confidence in mathematics and are starting to fill in gaps in their previous knowledge.
The wide and interesting curriculum is raising standards in other subjects, with very
good quality work seen in history and geography, for example. The singing of older
pupils in a Christmas performance was also of a high standard.
Personal development and well-being
Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent. They are very well
behaved and have extremely positive attitudes to learning. They develop into
well-rounded, reflective and positive young people, who are sensible, confident and
very caring of others. Pupils are well-mannered, friendly and have a very good
understanding of moral issues, including those related to the environment. They make
a very positive contribution to the school community and take on responsibilities, such
as peer mediation or school council membership, conscientiously and enthusiastically.
They are also very well involved in the local community and the Parish. They thoroughly
enjoy school, in lessons, at play and in the wide range of enrichment activities. Their
attendance is very good. Pupils' good academic achievement, positive attitudes and
strong collaborative skills stand them in very good stead for their future lives. They
have a good understanding of healthy lifestyles, and generally try to put this into
practice. Pupils know how to keep themselves safe, feel safe in school, and are
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confident that staff quickly sort out any problems. Older pupils really appreciate that
they are trusted by the staff, and are keen to meet their teachers' expectations.
Quality of provision
Teaching and learning
Most teaching is good. A significant proportion of lessons are outstanding and a small
minority are satisfactory. The quality of teaching has been maintained despite recent
significant changes in staff and a large proportion of relatively inexperienced teachers.
Teachers have high expectations of pupils' work and behaviour. Pupils respond
positively, working hard, behaving extremely well and taking a pride in their
accomplishments. Teachers make good use of the school's assessment information to
plan different work for pupils of different abilities. This usually ensures that brighter
pupils are challenged, and that pupils who find work difficult are able to cope well.
Occasionally, in otherwise satisfactory lessons, the work is too hard or too easy for
some pupils, and then their progress slows. Teachers develop pupils' speaking, listening
and thinking very effectively through frequent opportunities for them to clarify their
understanding by discussing their ideas in pairs.
Curriculum and other activities
The excellent curriculum provides strongly for the core skills of English, mathematics
and information and communication technology (ICT). The ICT curriculum has improved
considerably since the last inspection. This basic provision is paralleled by high quality
provision in the wider curriculum, with some very effective work going on in geography
and environmental studies, for example. From Year 3 upwards, pupils start to learn
Spanish and Italian. All pupils have the chance to learn the recorder and, at the last
count, about a fifth of the school were learning another instrument. The curriculum
for personal, social and health issues is also strong and supports pupils' excellent
personal development. The school has just gained the national 'Healthy School' status
because of its very good provision. There is an extremely wide range of extra-curricular
activities, including sports, which pupils enjoy. Asked to say what clubs were available,
pupils in Year 6 gave a long list before one of them said 'There are millions of them!'
Pupils really appreciate the wide range of other activities that enhance the curriculum,
such as visitors and trips out. The residential trip for the older pupils is particularly
popular, supporting academic and social skills. Pupils told the inspector that, as well
as learning about geography, they got to know each other better 'on the inside'.
Care, guidance and support
The school's outstanding pastoral care for pupils leads to their excellent social and
moral development. There is strong encouragement for pupils to think of others and
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to be reflective. An emphasis on working together is very successful in promoting
teamwork and positive relationship. Staff have high expectations of pupils in terms
of taking responsibilities and they give them many opportunities. Pupils have a say in
the life of the school through the school council, and staff respond positively to their
suggestions. The system of 'peer mediation', where older pupils help others to sort
out their problems and arguments, is very successful. The extensive systems to celebrate
and reward achievement or effort are very much valued by pupils.
There are excellent systems to track the attainment and progress of individuals, and
the school responds positively to ensure they do well. An extensive range of
intervention strategies are used successfully to support any pupils who might fall
behind, including some that are tailor-made to the needs of the individual. Similarly,
the school identifies particularly bright pupils and ensures they are given challenging
and interesting work. At the moment, the school lacks an efficient system to give an
overview of the performance of the pupils in each year group, and plans to introduce
an ICT based system for this.
Leadership and management
The headteacher provides very clear leadership to an effective staff team. The
management of pastoral care and support is outstanding, leading to the strengths in
personal development. Excellent self-evaluation ensures a clear overview of strengths
and weaknesses. Careful monitoring of standards, by sampling pupils' work and
analysing the extensive assessment information, as well as very thorough systems to
monitor lessons, are at the heart of this. The school reacts promptly to address any
issues that arise. Despite many changes of teaching staff in the last few years, the
support for colleagues has maintained good teaching and achievement throughout
the school. The feedback and support given to relatively inexperienced teachers has
meant rapid progress in their skills.
Subject coordinators now play a much bigger role than at the last inspection in driving
up standards and making exciting innovations in the curriculum. The employment of
large numbers of support staff, and the training given to them, means that they are
very effective in supporting pupils' learning. Governors are very well informed about
the school and work hard to provide support and to challenge professional colleagues
in their role as 'critical friend'. The improvements since the last inspection show the
school is well placed to improve further.
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Any complaints about the inspection or the report should be made following the procedures
set out in the guidance 'Complaints about school inspection', which is available from Ofsted’s
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Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4
How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated
care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?
How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners'
2The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage
1The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation
2The capacity to make any necessary improvements
Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last
Achievement and standards
2How well do learners achieve?
reached by learners
How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between
groups of learners
2How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress
Personal development and well-being
How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the
1The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
1The behaviour of learners
1The attendance of learners
1How well learners enjoy their education
2The extent to which learners adopt safe practices
2The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles
1The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community
How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to
their future economic well-being
The quality of provision
How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the
How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs
and interests of learners?
1How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?
Grade 1 - Exceptionally and consistently high; Grade 2 - Generally above average with none significantly
below average; Grade 3 - Broadly average to below average; Grade 4 - Exceptionally low.
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Leadership and management
How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement
and supporting all learners?
How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading
to improvement and promote high quality of care and education
How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet
How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so
that all learners achieve as well as they can
How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to
achieve value for money
The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their
Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government
NoDoes this school require special measures?
NoDoes this school require a notice to improve?
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Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection
Thank you for all your help when I visited your school. I really enjoyed my day, particularly
watching you working in lessons, and talking to you. I was sorry that I didn't have time to watch
the performance by pupils in Years 5 and 6, but I listened to some of the singing and thought
it was very good.
You told me that you think your school is good. I agree, and I could see why you enjoy it so
much. I was particularly impressed by how sensible, friendly and well behaved you are, and how
well you get on with each other. You are also good at working in teams and you are very
conscientious when you have particular responsibilities, such as peer-mediators or school
You work hard and reach high standards, especially in reading. Your work in geography and
history is very good too. Some of you find mathematics a bit puzzling and don't do quite so
well in this, and your teachers are going to find new ways to help you to enjoy it more, and do
better. You make good progress because your teachers are good at explaining things to you.
You have a really wide range of interesting things to do in lessons, and plenty of clubs, visitors
and trips out to make learning exciting.
The adults look after you all extremely well. They keep a very careful eye on how you are getting
on, and try hard to make sure you have work that is just right for you. We have agreed that
they will try to keep an even closer check on how everyone is doing in future, by using some
new ICT systems. The headteacher, the other staff and the governors organise the school very
well, and are always trying to find ways of making it better. You can help by carrying on working
hard, especially with mathematics, even when it is not your favourite subject.
I hope you all keep on enjoying school and doing so well.
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