Good news from Ofsted for St Paul’s Primary

HEADMASTER Simon Wright was delighted as St Paul’s Primary, Staybridge, was judged good following a recent Ofsted inspection.

St Paul’s overall effectiveness was good and it was also judged good in all areas – quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management and early years provision.This was the first inspection since St Paul’s became an academy in March 2017. In its previous inspection in June 2016, the school was similarly judged good.

Mr Wright said: “There are a lot of positives in the report which reflects the good work, not just during the inspection but over many years.

“I am proud of the whole team – staff, governors and parents who provide the best for the children’s education.”

The report described the school’s Christian values are the heart of the school’s work.

Leaders have designed a curriculum that helps pupils learn in a fun way with a strong focus on developing their personal skills.

The school’s plans for reading, writing, mathematics and some subjects in the wider curriculum are especially well thought out. Skilled subject leaders help teachers to break down knowledge and skills into manageable chunks.

Leaders have made reading a key priority. In the early years, children have many opportunities to develop and extend their vocabulary. There are effective plans in place for the teaching of phonics which is taught every day.

These lessons help the youngest pupils gain the knowledge they need to develop early reading skills. Teachers support parents and carers to help their children to read.

Teachers make sure that any pupil at risk of falling behind is given extra help to catch up.

However, in art and design, design and technology and French, curriculum plans are not as well embedded. It is not as clear how pupils’ learning of specific knowledge and skills in these subjects are developed over time.

Pupils behave well, feel valued and are happy at the school. They want to learn and work well together to help and support each other.

They are confident staff would sort out any problems they have. Pupils have a good understanding of the different forms of bullying and, if it occurred, staff dealt with it swiftly.

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) achieve well. This is because staff have high expectations and understand pupils’ individual needs.

• The school converted to an academy in March 2017 as part of the Chester Diocesan Academies Trust.

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