St Mary’s is a school on the up says Ofsted

St Mary's Primary good ofsted
St Mary's Primary good ofsted

Celebrations took place at St Mary’s CofE Primary School this week after it jumped an Ofsted grade.

The Charles Street school went from being satisfactory to good in a recently published Ofsted report.

Inspectors said pupils were achieving well and making good progress, adding: “At the time of the last inspection attainment by the end of Key Stage 1 was exceptionally low. Since then, attainment at the end of both Key Stage 1 and 2 has improved year on year.”

The report said teaching was good overall and that some of it was outstanding.

It said: “Teachers plan enjoyable lessons that meet the needs and interests of pupils well, particularly in mathematics.

“They make sure pupils do not spend too much time sitting and listening, but quickly settle into number work and problem-solving activities.”

Inspectors said the determined leadership and high expectations of the headteacher, senior leaders and united staff team had ensured the school has improved significantly since the last inspection.

There was plenty of praise for pupils too. The report said: “Pupils’ positive attitudes to their work and the respect they display for their teachers are noteworthy strengths in this caring school. In lessons, pupils are keen to learn and cooperate well with one another.”

Pupil attendance was noted to be improving year on year, with the majority of pupils having attendance above the national average.

Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage was said to have improved significantly since the time of the last inspection, and inspectors said the curriculum was carefully planned with good links between subjects and lessons that are ‘practical and fun.’

Headteacher Mark Taylor, said: “We are really pleased with the progress and improvements the school has made. It’s the result of teamwork - staff, children and parents working together. Parents are the biggest educators so we do a lot to support them, so they can help their children too.”