St. Philip's Catholic Primary School, Messenger Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3DU

Messenger Road
West Midlands
B66 3DU

Tel: 0121 558 1643


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Our school was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2013.

We were delighted to be classed as a good school. Here are some quotes from the report:

  • St. Philip's is a good school and rapidly improving. It is well respected by the local community.
  • Good leadership and management have improved the overall effectiveness since the last inspection.
  • Teaching has improved to good because of the effective action by leaders and governors. As a result, pupils' achievement is now good.
  • Well-planned lessons taught by teachers, supported by well-trained assistants, meet all pupils' needs, including those of disabled pupils and those with special educational needs, who achieve well.
  • Parents and carers believe the school provides a good education for their children and prepares them well for the future.
  • Pupils' behaviour is good and they say they feel safe in school. They are proud of their school and represent it well within the community. They are polite towards each other and adults. Their attendance is above average.
  • The governing body is well organised and fulfils all its duties well. It provides the school with a good level of support and monitors the school's effectiveness closely. Governors are not afraid to challenge the school when required to do so and/or make crucial decisions.

You can read the full report below:

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You can now share your views on our school via Ofsted's Parent View website. By sharing your views, Ofsted hopes you'll be helping the school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about us.

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Religious Education Inspection

St. Philip's was inspected as part of the Diocesan Section 48 inspection in November 2013 and we were delighted that our school was judged to be a very good Catholic school with an outstanding prayer life.

Here are some quotes from the report:

  • The leadership of the headteacher and team is very positive, giving clear strategic guidance to all the staff.
  • The school is well supported in this by its governors, who have a very clear understanding of priorities and high expectations, and by the parish priest.
  • The pupils speak with enthusiasm about the school and its Catholic life, enjoy their learning and feel safe and happy. When they first arrive at the school many children have limited religious knowledge but they make good progress and, by the time they leave, they have achieved good standards.
  • The school's mission statement, which is based upon a pupil's suggestion, is at the heart of so much of its Catholic life, which is widely evident and inclusive.
  • They are developing a good knowledge of Christ's teaching and understand the basic tenets of our Catholic faith. They know and can talk about a number of Bible stories, and have a good understanding of the importance of personal and traditional prayers.

You can read the full report below: