St Ambrose Catholic Primary School

Grow through the love of Jesus

Ofsted Report 2018

On March 6th & 7th, St Ambrose Catholic Primary School was inspected by Ofsted.  We have been judged a Good school and we are very proud of our success!

This is an extract from their report.

"This is a good school.

  • The headteacher and her senior leaders have a clear understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and are determined to continue to improve the quality of education at the school.
  • The curriculum is broad and balanced and contributes successfully to the good progress that pupils make.

  • The quality of teaching across the school is good. Teachers use questioning effectively to enable most pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a range of subjects.
  • Pupils feel safe in school and know how to keep themselves safe.

  • Pupils behave well around school and in classrooms. Teachers and leaders deal swiftly with the few incidents of misbehaviour.
  • Attendance rates remain close to the national average. Leaders work effectively with other agencies to reduce the proportion of persistent absenteeism.

  • Governors are supportive of the school, know its strengths and weaknesses and contribute to its continuous improvement.
  • Leaders have used professional development and training opportunities within the school and in partnership with other local schools to improve the quality of teaching.

  • Children in the early years make good progress. Most of them are ready for Year 1 by the time they finish their Reception Year.
  • Across a range of subjects, almost all pupils make good progress from their different starting points.

  • Disadvantaged pupils make good progress due to well-planned interventions. Although their attainment is improving over time, the difference from that of others nationally is still too great.

  • Teachers occasionally do not give work that challenges the most able pupils. Proportions of pupils attaining the higher standards are not high enough.

  • Success criteria in the school development plan and in teachers’ performance targets are not sharp or measurable enough to allow the school to hold staff to account for pupils’ achievements.

  • Subject leadership is in the early stages of development as new leaders begin to implement their plans for their subjects. However, leaders do not yet know how well pupils are achieving in subjects other than English and mathematics.
  • The local authority provided effective support to leaders and governors, enabling leaders to improve progress and attainment in 2017.

Click here for a copy of the latest Ofsted Report.

Ofsted Report 2013

In September 2013, St Ambrose Catholic Primary School was inspected by Ofsted.  We have been judged a Good school and we are very proud of our success!

This is an extract from their report

"This is a good school.

  • Leaders and managers have successfully raised pupils’ achievement since the previous inspection.
  • Children make a good start in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
  • Between Years 1 and 6, progress is good. By Year 6, standards are above the national average in English and mathematics.
  • Effective professional development and good management of the performance of staff have resulted in good quality teaching and a talented teaching assistant team.
  • The provision for, and teaching of, reading is good across the school. Strategies to improve writing are having a marked effect on pupils' attainment.
  • Behaviour and safety are good. Pupils enjoy school and feel safe. The view of one pupil exemplifies that of others, ‘I don't want to leave this school because I love it'.
  • Parents are very happy with the school. Much is done to involve them with their children's education.
  • The senior leaders supported by the governing body, provide the school with clear plan for securing the school's future improvement."

Click here for a copy of the 2013 Ofsted report.

In November 2011 St Ambrose primary school was inspected by Ofsted. 

They found St Ambrose School to be: 

"….. a warm and welcoming place in which pupils feel safe and secure and there is good support for those pupils needing extra help.

Among its strengths are pupils’ personal development, the curriculum, the care, guidance and support it provides and the effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage."

Following the inspection, the school has continued to move forward, striving to offer quality education within a community that cares.