The latest Ofsted report from January 2014 has graded St Thomas More Catholic Primary School as ‘Good’. This verdict enables us to offer pupils a good general education in a faith-based environment where children enjoy their learning in a safe, happy school community.
Here are some key findings from the report:
- Pupils enter the school with skills and abilities well below that of similar pupils nationally; they receive a good start to their education in the Reception class as a result of focused and stimulating teaching.
- Pupils continue to make good progress in Key Stages 1 and 2, so that by the time they leave in Year 6 pupils’ standards are in line with others nationally.
- This year the school has improved the way younger pupils are taught to read. Activities are now well planned and all pupils have daily sessions on recognising and making links between letters and sounds.
- The curriculum provides good opportunities for pupils to use their writing skills in other subjects.
- A range of exciting opportunities together with a strong Catholic ethos make a good contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Relationships between adults and pupils are strong, with an emphasis on care and support, so that the vast majority of pupils are keen to learn and eager to come to school.
- Behaviour is good in lessons and around school. The school makes good provision to ensure that pupils are safe.
- School leaders, including governors, have an accurate view of the school’s performance and know what needs to be done to move the school forward.
The full report can be downloaded from the Ofsted website here.