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


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Our school was last inspected by Ofsted in May 2018 when we were judged to continue to be a good school.

Here are a few of the many positives written within the report:

  • The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your unrelenting commitment to ensuring that pupils experience an enjoyable, memorable and worthwhile time at St. Philip’s is plain to see.
  • You have created a vibrant culture where learning is exciting, teaching is effective and pupils thrive.
  • Staff are dedicated and put a lot of effort into creating a calm, purposeful learning environment where pupils are well cared for.
  • Teacher’s use their secure subject knowledge to plan meaningful activities that contribute well to pupils’ progress and personal development.
  • Pupils make good gains in their learning and typically achieve well over time.
  • Pupils enjoy coming to school because teachers help them to see a real purpose for their learning. The behave very well in lessons and work hard.
  • Pupils believe that school is a safe place because they have adults that care about them.

You can read the full report below:

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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: