School’s joy after Ofsted high praise

Worcester News: PAT ON THE BACK: St Clement’s CE Primary School has been declared “oustanding” in all areas in a report by Ofsted PAT ON THE BACK: St Clement’s CE Primary School has been declared “oustanding” in all areas in a report by Ofsted

A SCHOOL in Worcester has gone from being satisfactory to achieving the highest standards possible.

Inspectors for Ofsted delcared St Clement’s CE Primary School as being outstanding in all areas when they visited school.

They said children who enter the school with skills and knowledge below expectations for their age reach standards well above average by the end of year six, although boys tend to do better than girls in maths.

According to the report, different groups of pupils, including children with special educational needs and disabilities, make better progress than expected.

Inspectors said outstanding teaching enables youngsters to thrive and they also feel safe in school.

It added the wide range of activities and subjects on offer, together with pupils’ outstanding behaviour, leads to outstanding learning.

They praised the skills and determination of headteacher Kate Brunt, which they said, matched by the hard work of staff, governors and parents, had created a “highly successful school” at the “very centre of its community”.

Inspectors said teachers and support staff carefully planned work to meet the individual needs of each pupil and school leaders, including governors, had made an “excellent” job of improving the quality of education for all pupils.

Mrs Brunt said the result of the latest inspection was “fabulous” news for the school.

She said: “To go from satisfactory to outstanding in under three years is really brilliant.

“It is down to the dedication and hard work of our fantastic staff, along with the high value that our pupils, and their parents, place on education.

“St Clement’s Primary School is a really fantastic community and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Jo Dowling, chairman of the school’s governing body, said: “Following on from our most successful SATs results ever, this outstanding rating confirms that we are a first class primary school where students flourish.

“The talent, determination and ambition of our entire staff team will ensure that we continue to strive for excellence.”

  • St Clement’s CE Primary School is similar in size to most other primary schools. It has 192 pupils on its school roll aged four to 11.

REPORT FINDINGS

What the school does well:

  • Children who enter the school with skills and knowledge below expectations for their age reach standards well above average by the end of year six.
  • Different groups of pupils make better progress than expected.
  • Outstanding teaching
  • enables youngsters to thrive and they also feel safe in school.
  • The wide range of activities and subjects on offer, together with pupils’ outstanding behaviour, leads to outstanding learning.
  • The skills and determination of headteacher Kate Brunt, matched by the hard work of staff, governors and parents, have created a “highly successful school” at the “very centre of its community”.
  • Teachers and support staff carefully plan work to meet the individual needs of each pupil and school leaders, including governors, have made an “excellent” job of improving the quality of education for all pupils.

What it can do better:

  • Ensure the achievement and progress of girls in mathematics becomes as good as that of boys by rigorously monitoring and reviewing the learning opportunities provided.

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