Ofsted feedback letter to parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to announce that following our recent visit from Ofsted, St Mary’s continues to be a good school. This judgement was reached after a 2-day inspection on 21 & 22 January, conducted by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, Emma Gregory and Ofsted Inspector David Roberts.

This outcome is testament to the fabulous effort and skill of all the staff, the continued hard work and enthusiasm from pupils and your support from home, and shows St Mary’s continues to thrive since its last inspection in June 2016.

The full report will be available via both the school and Ofsted websites early next week, but extracts from the report include comments such as: 

  • ‘Pupils behave well in lessons, and they enjoy school’
  • ‘Pupils describe their school as ‘welcoming’’
  • ‘[Pupils] feel safe in school because they know that staff will listen to them’
  • ‘[Pupils] embrace the many opportunities on offer beyond the classroom’
  • ‘Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve’
  • ‘Teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects’
  • ‘Teachers ensure that pupils can remember the knowledge that is the most important’
  • ‘Pupils achieve well in many of the GCSE examinations’
  • ‘Leaders have created a caring ethos where pupils are keen to learn’
  • ‘Leaders ensure that pupils with SEND benefit from extra support’
  • ‘Staff are proud to be part of such a warm school community’

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents and carers who took the time to complete the Ofsted Parent View questionnaire, and to you all for your continued support of all we do here at St Mary’s, it is very much appreciated.                                                     

Mr P Thompson

Headteacher