Our Lady & St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Primary School (OLSP) in Teignmouth has been rated ‘good’ in all areas following a recent Ofsted inspection.
The inspection, which was carried out on 7th and 8th February 2017, found that teaching, learning and assessment in the school is good with pupils making good progress overall in English and Mathematics.
Inspectors praised the school leadership team stating that the headteacher, senior leaders and governors have a clear view of the school’s strengths and areas for development.
In the early years, leadership “is good and teachers have high expectations and a thorough knowledge of each child’s individual needs and interests, as a result, children make good progress”, the latest Ofsted report states.
The report highlights how the school’s religious education promotes cultural understanding as pupils learn about different faiths and the importance of respect for others. The inspectors assert that this has an excellent impact on pupils’ welfare and well-being.
Pupils spoke to inspectors about their enjoyment when working towards goals and challenges in their learning and the report says this means the children at the school are keen and motivated to do well.
Parents are quoted in the report as saying: “My children are happy and thriving and I wouldn’t have them at any other school.”
Headteacher Sarah Barreto says: “We are now officially a good school. Our thanks go to all parents, carers, staff, pupils, governors and parishioners who have helped make this happen. We are so grateful, as always, for this kind support and are delighted all the hard work has been recognised and named in this report. All at OLSP truly believe our school can now build on the areas for improvement within this report, move from strength to strength; Living, Loving and Learning Together in God’s Way.”
Chair of the governors Pat Anzani adds: “I am delighted that the hard work, dedication and care shown by all who are involved in the life of the school is recognised in the report. We will continue to grow as a community, building on the strengths, continually improving and providing children with an education within a Christian learning environment.”
This is the first Ofsted inspection of Our Lady & St Patrick’s RC Primary School since it became part of the Plymouth Catholic Anglican Schools Trust (CAST) and became an academy on 1stApril 2014. When OLSP was previously inspected, before becoming an academy, it was judged to be inadequate overall.