St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School


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Our school was last inspected by Ofsted in December 2008.

We were delighted to be rated 'outstanding'. Some comments from the report include:

  • This is an outstanding school. Pupils' achievement, in both their academic work and their personal development, is exceptional.
  • Their excellent academic skills and admirable personal qualities are preparing them extremely well for their future education and the later demands of adult life.
  • Staff manage pupils with much warmth and encouragement.
  • Behaviour is excellent and attendance well above average. The excellent atmosphere in the school is highly conducive to pupils' learning and personal growth. It allows and encourages pupils to take full advantage of the excellent teaching and curriculum provided.
  • The close-knit community of this school revolves around a sure sense of values and purpose implemented through very caring and supportive relationships.

You can read the full report below:

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RE Inspection

Our last Inspection carried out under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 was in June 2018, when we were delighted to be judged as outstanding in all areas.

Some comments from the report include:

  • The headteacher and Religious Education subject leader, who is also the deputy headteacher, are deeply committed to the school’s mission. They provide support and challenge in all aspects of Catholic Life.
  • St Ambrose Barlow school has a very high proportion of experienced Catholic staff and governors who practise their faith. This has a profound and visible effect on the spiritual and moral development of all pupils and it is reflected in the respectful way in which pupils lead and take part in prayer and liturgy.
  • This is a happy school where staff are continually developed spiritually, morally and emotionally by senior leaders and the parish priest.
  • There is excellent pastoral care of pupils and good role modelling from staff. As a result, pupils are very respectful and proud of their faith and their school community.
  • Teaching about discipleship and vocation is outstanding in all year groups.
  • The sacraments have a very high profile in the Catholic Life of the school.

You can read the full report below:

Modern Languages Inspection

In December 2009 we also had a Modern Languages (ML) survey inspection.

Some comments from the report include:

  • Pupils achieve very well in French across Key Stage 2. The curriculum is planned clearly to enable progression from Year 3 to Year 6.
  • Pupils love learning languages. They are exceptionally enthusiastic about their lessons and they know why it is important to learn a language. It contributes exceptionally well to their personal and social development.
  • Pupils listen and respond well to their teacher and their behaviour is unfailingly good.
  • They are very willing and confident speakers with good pronunciation because their teacher encourages them to be so and insists gently on 'getting it right'. They can have mini conversations from an early age and the content of these is added to as they progress through the school.

You can read the report findings below:

ICT Subject Report

In November 2007 we had a good subject specific inspection for ICT. The full report can be read at the following link. ICT subject inspection.

You can read the report findings below: