I am pleased to attach to this letter a copy of our most recent Ofsted report. The inspection, which took place on 27th and 28th January, was a thorough and rigorous process which put all staff under considerable pressure but I am delighted to announce that the outcome is that we are now a GOOD school.
The previous inspection in October 2013 judged St Mary’s to ‘require improvement’ and we feel that as a team have worked tirelessly to secure the improvements required and as such are very happy indeed with the report.
We are thrilled that the inspectors recognised the improvements we have made: this includes everything from the structure of the staff teams, the policies and procedures in place for all aspects of school life, the review of governance, safeguarding and attendance, the new curriculum, assessment and marking arrangements, the support for staff professional development, the behaviour for learning of children and consistent approach to management of behaviour by staff amongst many other things.
You may notice a couple of factual inaccuracies on the report which we had asked to be changed but have been overlooked:
Page 5 – it is a Year 1 phonics screening check, not Year 2.
Page 7 – Currently there are three classes in Reception, Years 1, 2 and 6, not 3.There are two classes in Years 3, 4 and 5.
Page 7 – 72% of our children speak English as an additional language, which should read ‘nearly three quarters’ not a quarter.
I would personally like to thank publicly all the staff for the long hours they put in during the week and weekends, the governors for their commitment to helping us make a difference, you, the parents for your support of the school and of course the children because we simply wouldn’t be here without them and it is for them that we work so hard to make sure they get the best life chances possible.
What a fabulous end to a very busy half term.
Mrs R Cross