St Herbert's RC School
phone: 0161 6331318
headteacher: Mrs Susan J Milligan
280 pupils capacity: 113% full
175 boys 55%
145 girls 45%
Last updated: June 18, 2014
Primary — Voluntary Aided School
- Education phase
- Religious character
- Roman Catholic
- Establishment type
- Voluntary Aided School
- Establishment #
- OSGB coordinates
- Easting: 390318, Northing: 405473
- GPS coordinates
- Latitude: 53.546, Longitude: -2.1476
- Accepting pupils
- 3—11 years old
- Census date
- Jan. 16, 2014
- Ofsted last inspection
- April 4, 2011
- Diocese of Salford
- Region › Const. › Ward
- North West › Oldham West and Royton › Chadderton Central
- Urban > 10k - less sparse
- Free school meals %
- 0.3 miles St Luke's CofE Primary School OL99HT (212 pupils)
- 0.3 miles The Radclyffe School OL90LS (1470 pupils)
- 0.3 miles Ferney Field Community Special School OL90LS
- 0.4 miles Bare Trees Junior School OL90DX
- 0.4 miles Bare Trees Infant and Nursery School OL90DX
- 0.4 miles Bare Trees Primary School OL90DX (567 pupils)
- 0.5 miles Firwood Manor Preparatory School OL90AD (76 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Burnley Brow Community School OL90BY (482 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Christ Church CofE Primary School OL99ED (277 pupils)
- 0.6 miles Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic College OL99QY (1400 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Mills Hill Primary School OL90NH (468 pupils)
- 0.7 miles Chadderton Hall Junior School OL90BN
- 0.7 miles North Chadderton School OL90BN (1463 pupils)
- 0.7 miles North Chadderton School OL90BN
- 0.8 miles Freehold Community Junior Infant and Nursery School OL97RG (443 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Westwood Primary School OL96BH (235 pupils)
- 0.8 miles St Matthew's CofE Primary School OL90BN (422 pupils)
- 0.8 miles Westwood Primary School OL96BH
- 0.9 miles Gorse Bank Community Special School OL99QR
- 0.9 miles Foxdenton Community Special School OL99QR
- 0.9 miles The Kingfisher Community Special School OL99QR (140 pupils)
- 0.9 miles Westwood High OL96HR (72 pupils)
- 1 mile Richmond Infant and Nursery School OL96HY
- 1 mile Richmond Junior School OL96HY
St Herbert's RC School
Edward Street, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9SN
|Inspection dates||11–12 June 2015|
|Overall effectiveness||This inspection:||Good||2|
|Leadership and management||Good||2|
|Behaviour and safety of pupils||Good||2|
|Quality of teaching||Good||2|
|Achievement of pupils||Good||2|
|Early years provision||Good||2|
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is a good school.
It is not yet an outstanding school because
| Effective leadership, particularly by the |
The supportive governing body has an effective
Pupils' behaviour is good and they are eager to
Most teaching makes learning interesting and so
headteacher, has consolidated and improved the
quality of teaching and pupils' achievement. Both
are now consistently good.
structure to support school improvement and
works closely with the headteacher and other
senior staff to drive improvements.
become successful in their learning. They feel safe
because of the school's effective safeguarding
pupils respond positively and are enthusiastic
| Pupils achieve well throughout the school. They |
Additional adults within the classroom are adept at
Children make good progress in the early years.
New technologies are used very effectively to
make good progress from their starting points
because, in most lessons, they are given work that
supporting the learning needs of pupils.
The care and attention of adults enable children to
develop their skills confidently.
increase pupils’ interest and participation in lessons.
They have a good impact on pupils' achievement.
| Teachers do not always make it clear to pupils |
The most able pupils are not always given work
exactly what they should learn in lessons and, as
a result, progress for all pupils is sometimes not
as fast as it could be, particularly in mathematics.
that is hard enough to ensure they reach their
| Not all teachers give pupils enough guidance on |
Leaders at different levels do not always use the
how to improve their work.
wide range of information they have available in
order to plan accurately for improvements and then
check that these improvements happen.
Information about this inspection
Inspectors observed lessons throughout the school, including an observation carried out jointly with the
headteacher. They also looked at a wide range of pupils' work and listened to them read.
Discussions were held with groups of pupils, the Chair and several other members of the governing body,
external advisers and members of staff.
Inspectors took account of 58 responses to Ofsted’s online questionnaire (Parent View). The responses
from staff to the inspection questionnaire were also considered.
Inspectors observed the school’s work and looked at a range of documents, including: information on
pupils’ current and recent progress, the school’s plans for improvement, the management of teachers’
performance, the use of pupil premium funding, and documentation and records relating to pupils’
behaviour and safety.
|Adrian Francis, Lead inspector||Additional Inspector|
|David Woodhouse||Additional Inspector|
|Bimla Kumari||Additional Inspector|
Information about this school
The school is larger than the average-sized primary school.
The proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is average.
The proportion of disadvantaged pupils, those supported by the pupil premium funding, is below the
national average. The pupil premium is additional funding to support pupils who were or are eligible for
free school meals, and those children who are looked after by the local authority.
Most pupils are of White British heritage.
Children in the early years are in Nursery part-time or full- time and in Reception class full-time.
The school has a breakfast club and after school club run by the governing body.
The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectation for pupils'
attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 6.
The headteacher was appointed to the school in 2014, after the previous inspection.
What does the school need to do to improve further?
Improve the quality of teaching in order to raise achievement further by:
- ensuring teachers' expectations are consistently clear about what pupils are to learn, particularly in
mathematics, and that pupils are always given work that is hard enough, particularly the most able
- developing a more consistent approach to the marking of pupils' work so that they know how well they
are doing, what they need to do to improve, have the opportunity to make improvements and use their
increased understanding in subsequent lessons.
Strengthen leadership and management by developing all leaders' skills to more accurately plan for
improvements, with clear goals so that success can be checked and measured.
|The leadership and management||are good|
Leadership and management of the school, including that of the early years, are good. The headteacher's
vision and drive for improvement over the past five terms has ensured that the school continues to
improve. The large majority of issues raised at the last inspection have been tackled successfully. As a
result pupils’ progress, including that of disadvantaged pupils, disabled pupils and those with special
educational needs, is good.
As a result of a sharp focus on improving teaching across the school, the dip in standards at the end of
Key Stage 2 has been reversed. The leadership team has been effective in identifying aspects of teaching
in need of improvement and working closely with staff to bring about these improvements.
Leaders at different levels have clear plans to improve the school further. There have been some specific
successes over the past year, for example, the progress of disadvantaged pupils in different year groups.
However, there is not always a clear and accurate understanding of exactly what improvement is expected
to be achieved in what timescale, and leaders are not all held fully accountable for the success of their
Systems for improving teaching are successful and a wide range of information and data is collected by
leaders. Teachers are given clear guidance to help them to improve their teaching and leaders are
rigorous in providing training as needed. Careful checks on teachers’ performance, linked to salary
progression, have had a positive impact on lifting standards of teaching and pupils’ progress.
Middle leaders have some knowledge about the next steps needed in the aspects they manage and there
are plans in place to support teachers and to improve their impact on achievement. However, these plans
are not checked fully by all leaders to ensure that success is being achieved. For example, there is an
effective system for checking pupils’ learning in lessons but the information collected is not always used by
teachers to ensure that all pupils are then given work that is hard enough, particularly the most able
The school is well organised in its curriculum planning and provides many additional experiences that
enrich pupils' understanding and their enjoyment of school. This includes the 'super learning days' which
are held every term where the whole school focuses on a particular theme, for example French or
mathematics. A wide range of extra-curricular opportunities are provided for pupils of different ages,
including less popular activities such as water polo and chess. There is good provision for pupils’ learning
in literacy and numeracy, preparing them well for the next steps in their education.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted very well through the good examples
set by members of staff, links with the church and the local community and work in lessons and
assemblies. For example, pupils are taught to recognise the difference between right and wrong and are
encouraged to discuss these aspects, from when children start school in the early years onwards. British
values are promoted well, including an emerging understanding of democracy through roles on the school
council and individual responsibilities, preparing them well for life in modern Britain. Good relations are
fostered and discrimination of any sort is tackled effectively.
Safeguarding arrangements meet current requirements and are effective. Adults working in the school are
checked for their suitability. Training on how to keep pupils safe is kept up to date.
Disadvantaged pupils for whom the school receives additional funding are provided with appropriate and
effective support for their specific needs. For example, funding provides targeted learning support from
additional members of staff, including a learning mentor whose work is highly effective. Pupils who receive
additional funding are making good progress and catching up with other pupils.
The primary school sport funding to improve physical education and sport has been effectively spent on a
range of resources. These include the skills of an external sports and fitness coach, Commando Joe, who
effectively develops pupils’ skills in, and enthusiasm for, sport. As a result, participation in physical
education and sport has improved and a wide range of additional out-of-school activities and competitions
that contribute well towards the pupils’ health and well-being are organised.
Parents are pleased with the school. They typically are happy with communications and relationships with
the school and make comments such as, ‘My children are nurtured and supported well, but also
challenged to be the very best they can be.’
The local authority has not had a great deal of involvement with this school in terms of providing support,
other than coordinating work with other schools.
The governance of the school:
- The governing body is well led and managed. Governors are kept fully informed, through detailed
reports from the headteacher linked to the school improvement plan, and through their own checks on
the school’s work. One of the committees regularly receives up-to-date and precise information on
children's achievement and the quality of teaching. Although governors use this information to hold the
headteacher to account, there could be a stronger emphasis on using the information they have to
more accurately plan improvements with clear goals and criteria so that success can be checked and
- Governors are well informed about the quality of teaching in order to support decisions as to whether
teachers should be rewarded with salary increases and to review targets for the headteacher. The
school's policies are updated regularly and the governing body ensures that statutory requirements are
met. The governing body manages finances very well by ensuring the close scrutiny of all aspects of
budget-planning and the use of specific funds, such as pupil premium and sport funding.
|The behaviour and safety of pupils||are good|
The behaviour of pupils is good. Pupils behave well both in class and when moving around the school.
During lunchtime, in the dining hall, pupils get on well and enjoy eating and talking together. Pupils
respect one another, are friendly, and care for each other.
Pupils clearly want to learn and do well. They work collaboratively during activities and confidently share
their ideas with each other when completing tasks. Pupils are articulate when expressing their views and
most take care in their work. They are eager to explore further, by using books or participating in role-
play and practical tasks.
Pupils enjoy sharing in the wider aspects of school life. Respect for the school environment is clearly
evident. Pupils are especially active in promoting the school’s values by acting as school councillors or
school chaplains. Older pupils help and support younger children when they play together.
School records show that these positive attitudes are typically characteristic of pupils’ behaviour. There are
few incidents of poor behaviour and any disruption in class is extremely rare.
The school's work to keep pupils safe and secure is good. Pupils say they feel safe in school and that staff
are always on hand and willing to help should they have any concerns. They say their teachers and other
adults are kind and listen to them so that they can do their best.
Pupils understand about different forms of bullying and learn how to keep themselves safe when using the
internet. Incidents of bullying are very rare. Pupils say their school feels like a ‘big family’ because it is a
place where they are accepted for who they are. They say discrimination by other pupils of any kind is
The attendance of pupils is high. The very large majority of parents who participated in Parent View said
their children are both happy and safe in this school. School staff also agree with this positive view.
|The quality of teaching||is good|
The work in pupils’ books and school evidence of the progress being made by pupils show that the quality
of teaching over time is good. Teachers work well together and this good quality teaching ensures good
achievement over time.
Teachers encourage positive attitudes toward learning. Displays of pupils’ work celebrate their success and
pupils are proud of their work and what they have learned. They participate with enthusiasm in class or in
discussions with their classmates. This was especially evident in a Year 3 literacy task in which pupils were
required to share their ideas of how to develop their use of direct speech, based on work they had done
the previous day.
A particular feature, which teachers use well to promote and share learning, is the use of new
technologies. Electronic tablets are linked to class whiteboards and pupils are able to see what they and
others have learned. Parents are given the opportunity to share and contribute to pupils' learning via their
access at home and their support with homework.
Writing is taught well and, as a result, outcomes are improving. Teachers effectively build on pupils’
previous learning by requiring them to apply their literacy skills in other subjects. For instance, effective
teaching of writing in Year 2 enhanced pupils’ understanding of new words they had learned in science.
Pupils’ skills were successfully developed to enable them to produce well sequenced writing about the
process of how a snake sheds its skin, using the new vocabulary they had learned.
Reading and mathematics are taught effectively. The teaching of phonics is good and pupils are
encouraged to read different types of books, with older pupils able to discuss their favourite authors and
give reasons for their choices. Mathematics teaching is increasingly effective at deepening pupils'
understanding and giving them confidence to apply their skills to different types of problems.
Most pupils say that they have a general idea of how well they are doing and understand their targets,
although these are not known to all pupils. However, although teachers know the school's marking policy,
it is not applied consistently when work is marked and feedback given to pupils. Some teachers’ comments
are more helpful than others in showing pupils how well they have done and how to improve their work.
Pupils in some classes are more likely to be encouraged to act directly upon guidance than in others.
Teachers mainly prepare activities that engage and interest pupils well. However, sometimes pupils are
not always clear about exactly what they are expected to learn, particularly in mathematics and, as a
result, their progress is not as fast as it could be.
Teachers follow school policy and prepare work at different levels of challenge. For the most able pupils,
however, even the more difficult level of work they are given is not always hard enough to stretch them
sufficiently or deepen their learning to ensure that they make rapid progress.
Other adults within the school are especially adept at promoting pupils’ learning by offering them
appropriate levels of individual guidance. They also lead group discussions to enable pupils who may need
additional help to be confident enough to have a go at their work and consolidate what they have learned
in their written tasks.
|The achievement of pupils||is good|
Pupils’ good achievement is reflected in the good and increasingly rapid progress they make through the
school. By the end of Year 6, most pupils reach above average standards in reading, writing and
mathematics. Evidence seen in pupils' work and from school assessment information indicate that the
recent decline in standards at Key Stage 2 has been reversed.
Children join early years with skills that are broadly typical for their age. They make good progress in all
the areas of learning. Most enter Year 1 with skills in communication, reading, writing and mathematics
which are similar to or above those typical for their age. These good standards help them to make a
confident start in Year 1.
Pupils’ good progress is maintained across Key Stage 1. By the end of Year 2, their reading, writing and
mathematical skills are above average. Pupils in Years 1 and 2 are confident readers. They use their
knowledge of letters and sounds effectively to read unfamiliar words.
Standards at the end of Key Stage 1 have not always been as high as they are now and progress across
Key Stage 2 is good from pupils' different starting points. By the end of Year 6, pupils’ skills in reading,
writing and mathematics are good and more than half of the year group are working at levels above those
expected for their age in both reading and mathematics.
Pupils in Key Stage 2 read widely and fluently. They show a high level of understanding of the books they
are reading and use their comprehension skills well in other subjects.
Disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress as a result of the effective
support and guidance they receive. They receive targeted help, often from skilful and well deployed
support staff. Their support provides a correct level of challenge and a range of work which these pupils
The most able pupils make good progress. However, some of the most able pupils do not always achieve
the very high standards of which they are capable. This is because teachers’ guidance and the work they
give the most able pupils are not always based accurately on the pupils' higher starting points. As a result,
the most able are not challenged soon enough in lessons or given hard-enough tasks or homework that
fully challenges them.
In 2014, the disadvantaged pupils at the end of Year 6 were over two terms behind other pupils in reading
and over three terms behind in mathematics and writing. When compared with other pupils nationally,
they were over three terms behind in reading, over four terms behind in mathematics and over five terms
behind in writing. The numbers of disadvantaged pupils in each class are sometimes small and this can
have a large impact when comparing with national averages. The school's assessment information and
evidence from scrutinising pupils' work indicates that disadvantaged pupils across the school are making
rapid and sustained progress. As a result, the gaps in attainment between them and other pupils are
|The early years provision||is good|
Leadership of early years provision across the Nursery and Reception classes is good. It is underpinned by
close and effective collaboration between staff. Leaders ensure that established, well-considered routines
are implemented effectively to keep children safe and to support their good learning in both classes.
Children make good progress and achieve well across the areas of learning during their time in the
Nursery and Reception. This is because good teaching and supportive links with parents promote the
children’s confidence and interest in learning.
Children sometimes make rapid progress, especially when their interest is stimulated. For example,
children in Nursery were absorbed in their learning when building towers from blocks and having to say
which were tallest or shortest. Similarly, children in both the Reception and Nursery became very
enthusiastic when being taught the sounds letters make because staff make learning fun, despite being
careful to be completely accurate.
Children behave well. Staff work well as a team and give children clear expectations of how to behave.
Staff are also adept at showing children how to relate supportively towards each other. Some children
enter with lower levels of awareness of how to treat other children, but all make good progress in their
social development and learn to respect each other's differences. As a result, children behave well in the
Teaching is good. Activities set are effective at gaining and then holding the children’s attention and
strengthening their ability to persevere in their work. For example, in response to adult guidance, children
joined in willingly when pretending to be Goldilocks and answering questions about how the bears might
have felt when they were in her house.
Teachers check the children’s developing skills effectively and use them carefully to make sure that work is
suitably challenging. As a result, disadvantaged children are enabled to learn as well as other pupils.
Teachers also make sure that their questioning and support help the most able children and those with
special educational needs to progress well.
The learning facilities and equipment are well organised, including the developing use of new technology
which is used very effectively. Provision has improved since the last inspection to widen the range of
stimulating activities provided for the children in both indoor and outdoor areas. Staff and children now
move freely between Nursery and Reception classes at certain times of day. As a result, children learn
Over time, an increasing proportion of children achieve a good level of development across the areas of
learning. This shows good, but not yet outstanding, achievement. Nevertheless, children are well prepared
for future learning in Year 1.
What inspection judgements mean
|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
|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
|Unique reference number||105722|
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|
|Number of pupils on the school roll||323|
|Appropriate authority||The governing body|
|Date of previous school inspection||4 April 2011|
|Telephone number||0161 633 1318|
|Fax number||0161 626 5388|