School celebrating two good inspections

English Martyrs School is celebrating a good ofsted report and an outstanding diocesan report.
English Martyrs School is celebrating a good ofsted report and an outstanding diocesan report.

RAVE reports were being celebrated at English Martyrs Catholic Primary School.

The Dewsbury Road school was judged to be outstanding by diocesan inspectors, who visited in January to look at the Catholic life of the school and its religious education.

It followed a ‘good’ Ofsted report in December.

In their report, inspectors from the Diocese of Leeds, said; “As soon as you come into the school it is very clear that the prime purpose in Catholic education, is helping children to develop their faith and to understand that God loves them.”

Inspectors judged the standard of teaching to be good and said some of it was outstanding. They said children started their education with little or no understanding of the Catholic faith, but left school having made ‘impressive progress’ in religious education that is above the national average.

The report added: “A significant reason for the high quality of teaching and learning across the school is the quality and professionalism of the support staff, the majority of whom are practising Catholics.

“Their quiet, calm and skilled contributions to lessons and the patient, focussed encouragement they provide for children who need it is exemplary.”

Inspectors said the school was blessed with a very supportive parish priest and were impressed with how highly parents spoke about the school with one saying she would rate it 1000 out of 10 if she could.

Pupils behaviour was highlighted as another of the school’s strengths. Inspectors said they ‘remained on task for a long time.’ The report added; “Children are proud of their faith and have a strong sense of their personal worth, which clearly impacts positively on the way they treat others and seek to help those in need.”

The report said the headteacher, leaders and managers were committed to the Catholic ethos of the school, and the responsibilities and joys that it brings.

There was praise for the school leadership from Ofsted inspectors too. They said: “The headteacher is driving the school forward with vision and determination through a very clear focus on the continual improvement of teaching.”

The school was judged to be good across the board, which was an improvement on its satisfactory Ofsted result of 2011.

Pupils were said to behave well and have positive attitudes to their work and staff were said to work well as a team and with governors.

Delighted headteacher Catherine Flood, said: “These judgements are a result of the entire staff team working with great dedication and ambition for our pupils.

“We have been ably supported by the governing body, parents and wider parish communities in securing quality education for our pupils.”