St Mary's Junior school last had a formal visit from Ofsted in December 2018, when I am pleased to tell you that the school was once again judged as good, the only possible outcome for a short inspection. In addition, significant improvements were noted since the last inspection.
It was great to have the breadth of our curriculum recognised: 'The first-class curriculum contributes greatly to pupils' personal development.'
The inspector also recognised the hard work of all the staff in making further improvements to our provision for both maths and writing:
'Pupils’ writing is a strength of the school. Highly skilled teaching and support staff instruct pupils how to use and apply the key components of grammar, spelling and punctuation in their writing.'
'Pupils throughout the school make excellent progress in mathematics.'
During all inspections, the inspector carries out a thorough investigation of the school's safeguarding procedures and found ours to be once again 'effective and fit for purpose'. He also commented that: 'All staff receive first-class training which helps them to identify and report concerns about families. When concerns are received, leaders consider these carefully and respond without hesitation when families need help.'
The outcome of this inspection means that we will now be subject to a full inspection in a year or two in order to demonstrate our outstanding practice. See below for the full report.
In addition, following our Church School Inspection in June 2014, I am delighted to tell you that St Mary’s has been judged as an Outstanding Church School and that all four core areas were also judged as outstanding:
- How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the need of all learners?
- What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
- How effective is the Religious Education?
- How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?
The result of this report gives us a chance to celebrate all the hard work and commitment of the staff and governors to continue to strive to improve the school and to provide the best possible experiences for all pupils. It would of course not be possible without the amazing support given to the school by parents, other relatives, friends and the community as a whole, which was also recognised in the report. And last but by no means least, the commitment of the children in developing St Mary’s as one family, as well as the pride they take in both their own and other’s achievements. As the inspector quotes in the report, ‘We are all part of a big family here’ and ‘We’re a team’
I would like to end with a message from the inspector herself, ‘Could you also say a huge ‘thank you’ to your super children, great staff and governors for making the inspection day so enjoyable.’
The report can be seen below as an attachment.
Ms C Welch