Ofsted Report (2011)
This inspection of the school was carried out under section 5 of the Education Act 2005. The registered childcare, managed by the governing body, was inspected under section 49 of the Childcare Act 2006.
An exceptionally caring ethos is a key feature of this outstanding school. One parent commented, ‘My children are happy and secure and see the school as an extension of their family.’ No one is overlooked, and the quality of care is second to none. All of this results in a happy and harmonious environment where pupils feel confident and thrive in their learning.
Pupils are able to develop outstanding personal qualities in our warm and welcoming environment. The school’s strong Christian values enable children to develop outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural values. As a result, the pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. As full stakeholders in the school, they willingly take responsibility for their peers.
The school promotes community cohesion exceptionally well. It ensures that pupils have an excellent understanding of many faiths and ways of life in local, national and global contexts, and evaluates the quality of the provision stringently. The school works in excellent partnership with a number of outside organisations, opening opportunities for pupils in the arts, music, business and sport. Leaders and managers work in extremely effective partnership with parents and carers, keeping them fully informed about their children’s progress, for example through the ‘brain books’ of the younger pupils.
Children are able to get off to an excellent start in the Early Years Foundation Stage. A great deal is expected of even the youngest children, and they respond with enthusiasm and enjoyment. This enthusiasm continues through the school and is fostered by the adults’ high expectations for all the pupils. As a result, pupils leave Year 6 with attainment in English and mathematics which far exceeds that of their peers in the country as a whole. Their overall achievement is outstanding, leaving Year 6 with high attainment, particularly in the higher levels.
The children hugely enjoy learning, and are happy and confident. This is because the adults know all the children very well and meet their needs quickly. In this safe and supportive environment, the children develop excellent personal qualities. The school takes great care to ensure that their sense of wonder and awe is fully developed, for example through morning prayers. As a result, they behave exceptionally well, and are ready to share and take turns.
Pupils receive exemplary care. Those with a range of additional needs, including those whose circumstances make them potentially vulnerable, are given outstanding support, and in many cases catch up with their classmates. Parents and carers of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities reported that they could not speak highly enough of the support their children receive.
‘An excellent school, very well managed by the headteacher, with enthusiastic and happy members of staff.’ This and similar comments from parents and carers reflect the outstanding leadership of the headteacher and her team, and their continual pursuit of excellence. The governing body shares their determination to maintain the school’s exceptional qualities, and provides outstanding support.
Inspection Report: St Cecilia’s Catholic Primary School, 13-14 October 2011