Pupils come to school keen to learn says Ofsted

Pupils at St Thomas a Becket Catholic School behave well, according to Ofsted inspectors
Pupils at St Thomas a Becket Catholic School behave well, according to Ofsted inspectors

Teachers, staff and pupils at St Thomas a Becket Catholic Infant School have been praised by Ofsted inspectors after a visit this summer.

According to the inspection team, the school is classed as good with a number of outstanding features and pupils make good progress and achieve well, as a result of an exciting well planned curriculum.

The inspectors highlighted how teachers manage their classes skilfully and sensitively, lessons are planned effectively to stimulate pupils’ interests and assessment information is carefully used.

The inspectors said the head teacher, senior team, all staff and the governing body share a strong vision to provide a happy environment in which pupils develop well. They discovered a positive ethos throughout the school where pupils feel safe, enjoy their learning as the school has an open and welcoming atmosphere.

They also pointed out how pupils’ personal development is excellent, coming to school keen to learn, behave extremely well and show they can take responsibility for their own learning.

Inspectors suggested that to increase attendance levels overall the school should work with outside agencies to raise parents’ and carers’ awareness of the consequences of removing their children for extended periods of unauthorised absence.

To improve the quality of teaching to match that of the best in the school, staff should review the use of lesson time to enable sufficient opportunity for all teachers to check pupils’ progress and for pupils to be able to reflect fully on their learning in lessons.

Welcoming the report, head teacher Ruth Jones said staff and governors were delighted with the outcome of the inspection. They looked forward to progressing those areas of improvement identified by the inspectors.

She paid tribute to staff, pupils and parents who had contributed to the success of the school. School open days are on November 15 and 16. For details contact the school on 726004.