Our most recent inspection was in October 2018. You can read the full report here. Our overall judgement was Requires Improvement, but the inspectors identified a number of strengths and judged personal development, behaviour and welfare, together with Early Years provision as Good. Sport was also identified as a strength, and the inspectors recognised St Mary’s strong culture where children’s happiness and welfare are paramount. We were pleased with the following comments:
- Most pupils leave school with skills and knowledge at or above that expected nationally in reading, writing and mathematics.
- There is a strong culture of care and support. The school motto ‘Be Loving and Truthful’ shines through in much of the school’s work.
- The curriculum provides wide-ranging opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. The school sits at the heart of the community. Links are strong with pupils being actively involved in a full range of events and activities across the year.
- The behaviour of pupils is good. Typically, pupils are motivated to learn and make the most of the activities on offer. Pupils demonstrate positive attitudes to learning and generally present their work well.
- Teaching in the early years has a strong impact in cultivating children’s’ positive attitudes to learning. Well-established routines mean that children settle quickly and enjoy the curriculum on offer.
How the school has identified and is responding to areas that need improving is outlined in the School Improvement Plan which can be found here.