Diocesan Monitoring Visit

School:  St. Edmund Campion Catholic Primary School, Maidenheadsta
Headteacher: Mrs. Patricia Opalko
Chair of Governors: Mr. Edward Robinson
Date of the Visit: 28th November 2013
Visit carried out by: Ms. Julia Feeney
Date of last Validation: February 2006
Number of pupils on roll: 378
Percentage of Catholic pupils: 89.4%
Percentage of Catholic staff: 74.4%

Activities Carried Out as Part of the Visit

  • Analysis of the school’s self-evaluation sheets.
  • Ethos walk.
  • Discussion with the headteacher, deputy headteacher, R.E. Leader and R.E. governor.
  • Discussion with School Council.
  • Joint observation of a class worship with the R.E. Leader.
  • Joint observations of teaching and learning in R.E. with the R.E. Leader.
  • Joint pupil work scrutiny with the R.E. Leader.
  • Feedback on observations.

Key Findings
St. Edmund Campion School is to be commended for the rigour with which they approach Diocesan Self-Review and in ensuring their self-evaluation sheets are regularly updated.

Since the last validation, the following section has moved from good to outstanding:

  • B2 Attainment and progress in religious education

This means that all sections are now judged outstanding by the school.  From the evidence seen during the visit and the discussions held with the headteacher, deputy headteacher, RE subject leader and the R.E.  governor, these judgements are secure.

Throughout the school there is firm evidence that you are within a community of faith.  Particularly strong examples include:

  • The Mission Statement which is known and understood by all and is at the heart of the life of the school.
  • The warmth of the welcome received by visitors.
  • The excellent relationships between all members of the school community.
  • The exceptionally strong, Christian leaders who inspire and nurture all in the community ensuring outstanding education for all.
  • The pastoral care given to families in the school, for example the family support worker who has a positive impact on children’s learning
  • Relationships with the recently appointed parish priest who has become an integral member of the school community.
  • The involvement of a significant number of staff in the life of the parish.
  • The outstanding quality of curriculum religious education.
  • The outstanding attitudes and behaviour of the pupils.
  • The central place of worship in the school.  In addition to the daily acts of prayer, the school also celebrates the major events of the liturgical year, for example, Stations of the Cross.
  • The R.E. buddy system where all children in the school are linked with another year group and meet together on the first Friday of each month.
  • The commitment to nurture the gifts and talents of staff through a highly effective programme of induction, coaching and mentoring.
    • The quality of the displays linked to worship and RE both within each classroom and in the central areas of the school, for example, the use of children’s art work related to the topics in God Matters in the Reception classes’ corridor.
    • The obvious care given to ensuring the school environment is maintained to a high standard.
  • The teaching observed  throughout the school during the visit showed a strong commitment to  providing an RE curriculum that is creative, engaging, active and      outstanding in its quality.
  • The energy and enthusiasm of the inspirational teachers enables children to make good progress.
  •  The Headteacher and R.E. Leader have a  very rigorous approach to monitoring and evaluation to ensure that R.E.  continues to be high quality for all.
  • Discussions with pupils during lessons showed they knew what was expected of them and also gave  them the opportunity to demonstrate their very good subject knowledge.
  • The school is being  pro-active in its work on assessment in RE and has a good working model to  ensure children’s progress in the subject is tracked.
  • All Senior Leaders have a  thorough understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for development and their enthusiasm for ensuring the school continues to improve is  infectious.
  • There is evidence of a strong commitment amongst staff to the importance and central place of R  and worship in the life of the school.
  • Pupils are offered a wide variety of activities to support their learning in R.E. as evidenced by their R.E. books and the Early Years’ Class R.E. books.
  • Very good support is offered by the governing body who have worked tirelessly to ensure that  the Catholic community dimension will continue at St. Edmunds.
  • The pupils in the school play a pivotal role in participating in decisions via the school council.  The School Council are involved in projects and activities which enhance the Catholic life of the school for example: undertaking an Ethos Walk.

Progress on Items Identified at the Last Validation
The school has worked hard to develop the range and quality of worship and the pupils’ opportunities for planning and participation.  Children are confident in planning, preparing and leading worship.  They enjoy deciding on the layout for the worship and how the focal area will be displayed.

Future Actions
In order to continue to move forward, the school may like to consider the following:
Continue to develop staff’s knowledge and understanding of the school’s approach to assessment procedures in R.E. and their confidence in making secure judgements, to ensure that there is consistency across the whole school.

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