A Reading Primary School is not resting on its laurels after it received a positive report from OFSTED.
Reading Saint Martin’s Catholic Primary School received an overall “good” grade in their most recent OFSTED inspection which was carried out with two days notice.
The report praises the school staff for their outstanding leadership: “The key to the school’s success and its significant improvement is the particularly strong leadership of the headteacher and senior leaders, that is improving teaching and ensuring pupils are provided with a rich, vibrant and stimulating curriculum.”
The Inspectors also stated that all groups of pupils at the Reading school, including disabled pupils and children with special needs, make good progress.
The report also goes on to commend the high attendance levels and the feeling of safety students feel at the school: “Pupils’ high level of attendance is testament to their great enjoyment for learning. This enthusiasm makes a significant contribution to their progress and high attainment. They feel very safe and behave exceptionally well, both in lessons and at break times.”
Teaching standards were also highlighted in the Inspector’s report: “There is some outstanding practice. Pupils’ work is marked well with clear steps identified for improvement. Activities are challenging.”
Improving the already good quality of teaching was the one suggestion the OFSTED inspectors made to how the Reading school could improve even further in the future.
Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Education and Children’s Services, Cllr John Ennis, said: “Saint Martin’s has always been a consistently good school and I’m pleased for Madeleine Cosgrove and her outstanding team for receiving such a positive OFSTED inspection.
“We are determined to carry on working with the school to ensure standards remain high and teaching standards continue to improve.”
Head of Saint Martin’s Catholic Primary School, Madeleine Cosgrove, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the good work of the staff and the whole school community in raising standards and enriching the children’s experience has been recognised.
“Although our last report was also “Good”, the new OFSTED framework (in place since January 2012) is much more demanding!”
Reading Borough Council