Monthly Archives - March 2023

St Thomas

St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School Awarded Outstanding status from Ofsted

St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School in Tean is delighted have received another Outstanding judgement following an Ofsted Inspection in February. The two day inspection process was rigorous with the inspector speaking to almost all of the children, observing playtimes and lunchtimes, observing lessons, conducting pupil interviews, completing book scrutinies, checking the website, interviewing staff, MAC executive leaders and governors, reviewing the parental questionnaires and reviewing all relevant school documentation. The report states: “Pupils have high expectations of themselves at St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School. They enjoy coming to school. Pupils are set personal challenges. They want to be good citizens and help others. They want to do well in their learning and enjoy coming to school Leaders successfully establish high standards for pupils’ personal achievements. Pupils know the Catholic teachings that underpin the school Leaders help pupils to reflect on these teachings. Pupils have weekly responsibilities to demonstrate them. Pupils show kindness and help others in the community as a result. They are proud of their achievements They strive to be positive role models. Behaviour is exemplary. Staff model high expectations. Pupils are polite and courteous as a result. “Leaders provide a wide range of opportunities for pupils. Each class is responsible for a charity and raises money to support them. Pupils also visit local businesses for example they learn how to make different flavour milkshakes and serve customers at a local coffee shop. Pupils go to different places of worship and learn about religions different to their own Leaders listen to and act on pupils’ views such as requests for additional dance and drama clubs. Opportunities at playtime are exceptional. Older pupils play with younger pupils. Pupils are trained to carry equipment safely such as tyres, wooden crates and tarpaulin sheets. They build imaginary shops, theatre s and gardens using the equipment. Pupils’ play skills and interactions have improved as a result.” Currently only 15% of primary schools in England are graded as outstanding, making St Thomas' achievement even more gratifying. Mrs Sarah Baxter, Principal at St Thomas’ said, “I am delighted with this result. We pride ourselves on the high standards we have at St Thomas’ and to receive recognition for this is very rewarding. This is a reflection on the whole school community and, as always, I thank the children for being fantastic, the parents for the continued support, the governors for their unwavering dedication and support and the staff for their commitment to ensuring that the children receive an outstanding level of education.” Pupil numbers at St Thomas remain strong, as parents in the area continue to make it their preferred choice of school.

Painsley Catholic College has been reaccredited as a World Class School for 2023

We are delighted to announce that Painsley Catholic College has been reaccredited as a World Class School for 2023.  The World Class School Quality Mark (WCSQM) was first achieved by Painsley in 2017 and since then, the school has maintained very high standards in order to gain reaccreditation. WCSQM is a charity concerned with developing the skills, competencies and characteristics young people need to thrive in an ever-changing global economy.  It provides schools with recognition beyond an Ofsted inspection grade as well as enabling participation in World Class partnerships for pupils and staff, including partnerships with peer World Class Schools UK wide and internationally, with higher education providers, careers development organisations, future employers and a range of World Class suppliers to the education sector. Mrs Rachel Waugh, Principal at Painsley Catholic College commented: "This outstanding award is a reflection of the hard work and commitment from all staff and students within our school community. The reaccreditation process was led by Mr Bradbury with 6 Year 11 student leaders, who provided substantial evidence to meet a specific framework of characteristics which are deemed to demonstrate a school being 'world class'. The framework consisted of a variety of characteristics including leadership, community, workplace provision, achievement, knowledge and understanding. Our student leaders involved with the process (James Davies, Kyle Parker, Jack Glover, Danny Steele, Evangeline Hartmann and Samantha Dalgleish) did an outstanding job and some evidence has been submitted for global partnership sharing, providing other schools around the world with evidence of how to achieve such competencies within their own school environments." WCSQM accreditation stages assess the accuracy of the in-school assessment by testing the World Class characteristics of a selected student sample, in ‘real life’ and ‘real time.’ "As well as being a real boost to our staff and students, this accreditation will also re-enforce parental confidence that they are sending their children to one of the best schools in the country and that their children will thrive and develop invaluable skills for success in life beyond school." continued Mrs Waugh. Photo shows:  from left to right: Evangeline, Danny, Kyle, Jack, James, Samantha.