St Thomas a Becket’s is an improving school say Ofsted

St Thomas a Beckett's school has had a Good Ofsted inspection, an improvement on it's satisfactory score two years ago.'John Rooney (head), Catherine Booth (chair of academy council), Annalise Glover, Sebastian Fealy, Tiara Alparito, Milo MaGuire
St Thomas a Beckett's school has had a Good Ofsted inspection, an improvement on it's satisfactory score two years ago.'John Rooney (head), Catherine Booth (chair of academy council), Annalise Glover, Sebastian Fealy, Tiara Alparito, Milo MaGuire

Education inspectors have praised a city secondary school in a report which rates it as “good” in all areas.

The verdict by Ofsted marks an improvement at St Thomas a Becket Catholic Secondary School after it was judged to be satisfactory overall two years ago.

Inspectors who carried out a two-day visit in May at the Barnsley Road school said: “Teaching is consistently good, with a small proportion that is outstanding.

“Teaching provides all groups of students, in this inclusive school, with good opportunities to develop a broad range of academic and personal skills, equipping them well for the next stage of their education, training or employment.”

The report praised pupils’ behaviour and the leadership of headteacher John Rooney and his staff and governors.

It said: “The school is led very strongly by the headteacher, who is supported ably by leaders at all levels in the school’s determination to achieve excellence in teaching and achievement.”

The report said the school provided strong support for pupils with disabilities and special needs, including autism.

It said: “Students with autistic spectrum disorder achieve well because the school meets their individual needs accurately.

“Overall, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs make good progress.”

Mr Rooney said: “We are all delighted with the report.

“Very many people have worked very hard to create a catholic school we can be proud of.

“The report shows that we are on the right track. The Lead Inspector said that we are on a journey to outstanding, and I agree.”

The report did highlight some areas the school should improve, including marking, providing challenging work for the most able students and careers guidance.

Mr Rooney added: “The report usefully identified ways we can continue to do the best we can for every child in our care.”