Disappointment at school’s Ofsted rating despite effective teaching and good progress by pupils

June 27 2017

LEADERS of a Yate primary school said they were disappointed at the outcome of an inspection by Ofsted.

LEADERS of a Yate primary school said they were disappointed at the outcome of an inspection by Ofsted.

The education watchdog said St Paul’s Catholic Primary School required improvement, despite it achieving a rating of good in three out of the five key areas assessed.

A three-strong team of inspectors also said teaching was effective, pupils made good progress in all subjects, behaviour was good and most parents were positive about the work of the school.

In a letter to parents, headteacher Maxine Sewell and Carol Lawler, the chairwoman of governors, said: “Despite our disappointment with the judgement, we have already taken on board the areas for improvement identified and have developed a detailed action plan, which we aim to have completed by the end of September 2017.

“Indeed, some actions have already been put in place or completed. Our aim is to ask for an early re-inspection so that the grading awarded truly reflects the quality of education provided.”

In making its overall assessment, the Ofsted team raised issues such as the management of safeguarding arrangements and health and safety policies and procedures.

Lead inspector Sandra Woodman said: “The headteacher is aware of what needs to improve with regard to safeguarding. She has taken swift action to ensure that all statutory information is now in place.”

The report said teaching was effective across the school, including in the early years, and as a result, pupils made good progress in all subjects.

It said: “Behaviour is good. The effective relationships between staff and pupils ensure that pupils feel safe and are keen to learn. 

“Leaders promote pupils’ personal development and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills very effectively.” 

It also said parents were appreciative of the efforts of the headteacher and her staff to involve them in their children’s learning.