School praised in ""outstanding"" Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 10:28 28 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 31 May 2010

IT SAYS a lot a about the achievements of a school if, in the words of an Ofsted report, the pupils clearly enjoy their time in the classroom. St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Saffron Walden has earned an outstanding grade in every category o

IT SAYS a lot a about the achievements of a school if, in the words of an Ofsted report, the pupils "clearly enjoy" their time in the classroom.

St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Saffron Walden has earned an "outstanding" grade in every category of their latest inspection, published at the end of March.

Headteacher Mary Jo Hall said: "I'm extremely pleased with the Ofsted report's findings. Following on from our last inspection the school has moved on in a very positive way.

"The teachers are very committed to helping the children achieve their potential and we have an extremely supportive team of learning assistants."

The inspection was carried out by Ofsted - the office for standards in education, children's services and skills - on February 28 and graded the school in a range of categories including the children's personal development and learning achievements and the school's leadership.

The report recognised that the pupils' enthusiastic attitudes and the resulting high levels of attendance "have improved considerably since the last inspection".

The glowing report said: "The very caring, Catholic ethos provides a strong spiritual, social and moral grounding. As a result, pupils' personal development and well-being are outstanding.

"Relationships are excellent and everybody looks out for each other to ensure that they are happy and enjoying school. The pupils' behaviour is exemplary. They are keen to meet the staff's high expectations and gain recognition, for example, by achieving house points."

The report also noted the school consistently achieved above the national average in test results in years two and six and that the children are "particularly high in reading because of the school's consistent, daily focus on improving each pupil's skills, knowledge and understanding".

The headteacher, who was described as "inspirational" and a key factor in the school's effectiveness, said: "We will continue to work hard and look for ways to move the school forward. We are pleased with our success, but we won't sit back.

"The nest stage is to provide more personalised learning for the students to really get the most from their personal and academic development."

To read the full Ofsted report visit www.ofsted.gov.uk

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