St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School Awarded Outstanding status from Ofsted

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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.

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