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St Mary and St Michael Primary School

St Mary and St Michael Primary School
Sutton Street

020 77904986

Headteacher: Mrs Rachel Mahon


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473 pupils aged 2—10y mixed gender
416 pupils capacity: 113% full

220 boys 47%


255 girls 54%

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Last updated: Sept. 10, 2014

Primary — Voluntary Aided School

Education phase
Religious character
Roman Catholic
Establishment type
Voluntary Aided School
Establishment #
Open date
Sept. 1, 1999
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 535206, Northing: 181217
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.514, Longitude: -0.052926
Accepting pupils
3—11 years old
Census date
Jan. 16, 2014
Ofsted last inspection
June 28, 2010
Archdiocese of Westminster
Region › Const. › Ward
London › Poplar and Limehouse › Shadwell
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Free school meals %

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Ofsted report: latest issued June 28, 2010.

Inspection Report

Unique Reference Number131936
Local AuthorityTower Hamlets
Inspection number293894
Inspection dates20–21 June 2007
Reporting inspectorAsyia Kazmi HMI

This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Type of schoolPrimary
School categoryVoluntary aided
Age range of pupils3–11
Gender of pupilsMixed
Number on roll (school)451
Appropriate authorityThe governing body
Date of previous school inspection30 April 2001
School addressSutton Street
E1 0BD
Telephone number020 7790 4986
Fax number020 7790 9343
ChairMr Michael Killington
HeadteacherMrs Sue Faulkner


The inspection was carried out by one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and two Additional Inspectors.

Description of the school

St Mary and St Michael School has a nursery and is larger than most primary schools. Pupils come from a diverse range of diverse backgrounds; the predominant group is White British with African heritage pupils making up a significant number of the school population. A third of the pupils speak English as an additional language. A quarter of the pupils joined the school after the normal age of entry, this is a high. Additionally, nearly half the teachers have joined the school in the last two years. The proportion of pupils with a statement of educational needs is higher than average, however, the proportion of pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities is below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals, at twice the national average, is high.

Key for inspection grades
Grade 1Outstanding
Grade 2Good
Grade 3Satisfactory
Grade 4Inadequate

Overall effectiveness of the school

Grade: 3

St Mary and St Michael School is a satisfactory school. The headteacher has a clear vision for the school; this is shared by senior staff and governors. They have worked hard to bring about improvements in pupils' behaviour and created a warm, caring and welcoming ethos in which pupils are ready and willing to learn. Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school.

After recent restructuring there is now a complete senior leadership team who feel strongly committed to carrying through their vision of success for all children. A new leadership structure is challenging and is supporting teachers to improve their practice. The systems that have been set up are bringing about improvements but they are not fully embedded yet. The school has good capacity to improve further; senior leaders recognise what needs to be done in order to maintain the momentum.

Systems for checking the quality of the school's work are satisfactory. However, they lack consistency across the school. There are regular checks of the quality of teaching. This is identifying and tackling weaknesses and improving the quality of teaching and learning, which is satisfactory overall. Systems to regularly assess the progress pupils are making have been set up in English and mathematics but this is relatively recent. Additionally, these systems have not yet been extended to include all subjects.

Standards are below average at the end of Year 6. This represents satisfactory progress overall, because although pupils make good progress in mathematics, their progress in English is not as good. Senior leaders are committed to ensuring this improves and are taking the right steps towards this.

Pupils speak positively about the care all staff provide, this helps them develop into mature, sensible young people. They are polite, thoughtful and ready to work hard in lessons. Older pupils are rightly proud of the many ways they contribute to the life of the school; however younger pupils do not have as many opportunities to do this.

Children make satisfactory progress in the Foundation Stage. Careful planning and monitoring ensures that activities have a clear purpose. However, some adults miss opportunities to extend the children's speaking skills by not asking enough open ended questions.

What the school should do to improve further

  • Raise pupils' standards in English.
  • Make consistent use of the assessment information to ensure all pupils make the best progress they can.
  • Measure more precisely the effect of school's actions on improving the quality of education for all pupils.
  • A small proportion of the schools whose overall effectiveness is judged satisfactory but which have areas of underperformance will receive a monitoring visit by an Ofsted inspector before their next S5 inspection.

    Achievement and standards

    Grade: 3

    The majority of pupils join the school with the knowledge and skills expected for their age. At the end of the Foundation stage standards in most areas are generally in line with national expectations and higher in some, for example, dispositions and attitudes, and emotional development.

    Standards at the end of Year 2 in 2006 were below average in writing, average in reading and above average in mathematics. Progress by the end of Key Stage 1 is good overall. Standards at the end of Year 6 are average in mathematics but below average in English and science. Senior leaders have identified pupils' progress in writing as an area of focus and put in place appropriate actions to improve it. Progress throughout Key Stage 2 is satisfactory overall, but good progress is evident in mathematics.

    As a result of careful identification of their needs and the support they receive pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities make good progress. Gifted and talented pupils make satisfactory progress but not enough pupils are achieving the higher levels at the end of Year 6, particularly in English and science.

    Personal development and well-being

    Grade: 2

    Pupils' spiritual, social, moral and cultural development are good. The youngest pupils are learning to understand their feelings and they become reflective and confident about expressing themselves as they move through the school. Pupils have strong moral values, which they demonstrate in lessons, as they move around the school and at play times. Pupils are very willing to work together in lessons and in play activities. The school prefects proudly talk about their duties, those who organise play activities and look after the play equipment are particularly effective.

    Pupils have a say in how their school is run. For example, they have been responsible for the establishment of the tuck shop and of indoor activities at break times. Pupils enjoy their education and most participate and respond enthusiastically in lessons. They feel safe and free from bullying or harassment. They are clear about the kinds of behaviour that are unacceptable to them. The extent to which pupils adopt healthy lifestyles is good, they enthusiastically take part in the daily physical education programme. Older pupils make a good contribution to their school community, but links with the local community are less well established. Pupils are developing skills that will prepare them for their future lives, however, their literacy skills are not as well developed. Pupil attendance was an issue at the last inspection; this has improved and is now satisfactory.

    Quality of provision

    Teaching and learning

    Grade: 3

    Overall teaching and learning are satisfactory, with some good features. Classrooms are vibrant and rich learning environments. Relationships between pupils and teachers are good. In the best lessons, teachers' planning is well matched to meet the needs of all pupils, however, this is not consistent practice.

    There is a good focus on paired and group work, this helps pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills. However, the school does not monitor pupils' progress in developing their oracy skills. Not all teachers expect pupils to give extended answers and in some lessons teachers' questioning does not challenge the more able pupils. Teaching assistants, informed by teachers' comments, provide good support to pupils who need it. However, sometimes pupils show too much dependency on them and wait too long for instructions rather than start their work.

    Senior leaders have paid careful attention to improving teaching and learning. Although the impact of this can be seen in lessons, it will take longer for pupils to benefit from these improvements in their results at the end of key stages. Marking, particularly in English, is helpful to pupils in telling them how to improve their work.

    Curriculum and other activities

    Grade: 2

    The school provides a good curriculum which promotes pupil's enjoyment of learning. In the Foundation Stage there are plenty of exciting activities that broaden children's knowledge and understanding of the world and enable them to develop their skills. Throughout the school, pupils value the good range of exciting topics which are enhanced by visits and outings. They also engage enthusiastically in creative activities. Subjects such as history, geography, art and design technology, are taught in concentrated blocks of time so that pupils can get engrossed in their learning and use skills learnt in other subjects.

    Pupils have good opportunities to participate in a range of enrichment activities which include visits from authors and artists. There is a good range of after school clubs. The school carefully monitors who attends and actively encourages pupils who will benefit from attending. Gifted and talented writers have the opportunity to attend a writers club, but provision in their normal lessons is not as well developed.

    Care, guidance and support

    Grade: 3

    Pastoral care and support for pupils are good, guidance is satisfactory. The school provides a safe and very supportive environment for its pupils and promotes their health and safety well. Staff demonstrate high levels of commitment to pupils, who know that they can speak to a member of staff if they have a problem. Pupils are confident their concerns will be taken seriously. Individual programmes are designed for those children who need extra help, for example, those who find difficulty in dealing with their emotions. Parents are consulted about and involved in their children's learning and there is a very caring ethos. One pupil told inspectors, 'The teachers give us confidence, they're supportive, they do love and care and we can learn from our mistakes.' Pupils are now benefiting from the targets teachers are setting them to reflect on and improve their progress, but these are recently established and their impact has yet to be seen in the results pupils achieve.

    Leadership and management

    Grade: 3

    Leadership and management, after recent turbulence, are now more stable. All senior and middle leaders take responsibility for monitoring the work of the school. Governors know the school well, they are passionate about overcoming barriers to achieving high standards for their pupils. There is a clear emphasis on raising standards which is shared at all levels of leadership. An example of this is seen in the monitoring of aspects of the school's work such as in teaching. This has led to better support provided to improve some areas of weakness, such as in English. However, these developments are recent and the results are not yet evident in pupils' work and progress.

    The systems to check the quality of teaching are now well established, but the work of support staff is not fully monitored. There is detailed analysis of the progress pupils make in English and mathematics, but this is not extended to all subjects.

    Annex A

    Inspection judgements

    Key to judgements: grade 1 is outstanding, grade 2 good, grade 3 satisfactory, and grade 4 inadequateSchool Overall
    Overall effectiveness
    How effective, efficient and inclusive is the provision of education, integrated care and any extended services in meeting the needs of learners?3
    How well does the school work in partnership with others to promote learners' well-being?3
    The quality and standards in the Foundation Stage3
    The effectiveness of the school's self-evaluation3
    The capacity to make any necessary improvements2
    Effective steps have been taken to promote improvement since the last inspectionYes
    Achievement and standards
    How well do learners achieve?3
    The standards1 reached by learners3
    How well learners make progress, taking account of any significant variations between groups of learners3
    How well learners with learning difficulties and disabilities make progress2
    1 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.
    Personal development and well-being
    How good is the overall personal development and well-being of the learners?2
    The extent of learners' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development2
    The behaviour of learners2
    The attendance of learners3
    How well learners enjoy their education2
    The extent to which learners adopt safe practices2
    The extent to which learners adopt healthy lifestyles2
    The extent to which learners make a positive contribution to the community3
    How well learners develop workplace and other skills that will contribute to their future economic well-being3
    The quality of provision
    How effective are teaching and learning in meeting the full range of the learners' needs?3
    How well do the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests of learners?2
    How well are learners cared for, guided and supported?3
    Leadership and management
    How effective are leadership and management in raising achievement and supporting all learners?3
    How effectively leaders and managers at all levels set clear direction leading to improvement and promote high quality of care and education3
    How effectively performance is monitored, evaluated and improved to meet challenging targets3
    How well equality of opportunity is promoted and discrimination tackled so that all learners achieve as well as they can3
    How effectively and efficiently resources, including staff, are deployed to achieve value for money 3
    The extent to which governors and other supervisory boards discharge their responsibilities 3
    Do procedures for safeguarding learners meet current government requirements?Yes
    Does this school require special measures?No
    Does this school require a notice to improve?No

    Annex B

    Text from letter to pupils explaining the findings of the inspection

    2 July 2007

    Dear Pupils

    Inspection of St Mary and St Michael Primary School,London,E1 0BD

    Thank you very much for the warm and friendly welcome you gave us when we visited your school recently. Thank you also for talking to us and telling us your views about the school, we very much enjoyed meeting you. I would like to share our findings with you.

    Your school is giving you a satisfactory education. We were impressed with your PE skills in the morning sessions, your good behaviour and how you keep yourselves safe and healthy. We were also impressed with the work of the prefects.

    We know that you make good progress in mathematics, we have asked your teachers to help you make better progress in English. One of the ways you can help is by making sure you always use your targets to improve your writing. We know your headteacher and the people who help her are making the right decisions in making your school even better, we have asked them to check all areas of the school's work so that they continue to improve.

    Once again, thank you for your help. We know you will continue to help all the adults in your school in carrying on improving. We wish you and your school every success.

    Yours sincerely

    Asyia KazmiHer Majesty's Inspector

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