OfSTED Inspection October 2009:
On 15th and 16th October 2009 we were inspected by three inspectors from OfSTED. They look at all areas of school life, but particularly concentrated on:
The degree to which the school has improved in writing and mathematics,
Improvements in the Foundation Stage,
The effectiveness of the use of assessment to help pupils make improved progress
How well the After School Club is providing for children.
The results of the inspection were extremely positive. The judgment was that “St. Mary's is a good school. It is improving well and has a number of notable features”. We were judged to be good in all areas (The exception was pupils' attendance, where the judgment was 'satisfactory', because the percentage was slightly below the national average.)
Therefore, this is a school with no areas of weakness, only strengths on which to build. There are two suggestions as to how to improve further: to be more consistent in the way children have opportunities for self evaluation, and to improve the opportunities for children to choose where to work and play, both indoors and outdoors, in Foundation Stage.
The whole report can be downloaded or read by clicking this link.
St. Mary's 2009 OfSTED report.
The previous Ofsted inspection was in December 2006.
The report can be accessed by clicking here.