St. Mary’s is a good school – the reports states…. Pupils are very well behaved and their attitude towards their work is outstanding. They are happy and feel very safe at school. The achievement of pupils from their starting point is good and improving, especially in reading. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make good progress compared to other pupils. The Early Years Foundation Stage provision has significantly improved since the previous inspection and is justifiably highly rated by parents. Teaching is good because teachers have high expectations of the pupils. The headteacher, senior leaders and governors form a strong team which has improved teachers’ performance as well as the achievement of the pupils. The social, moral and spiritual development of pupils is outstanding, as the school recognises that this is as important to pupils as their academic achievement. The school has excellent facilities in the Early Years Foundation Stage outdoor learning area, which are used extremely well by staff to help children to gain knowledge quickly, so that they understand numbers and letters as well as find out how things work. Teachers have very high expectations of pupils and they regularly assess their pupils’ learning, and books are marked regularly. Good teaching helps children rapidly develop self-confidence. The good relationships between teachers and their pupils is a very strong feature of this school. The behaviour policy is well understood by all pupils and staff. The headteacher is an effective leader who has successfully improved teaching and learning. Governors regularly evaluate how much progress pupils are making throughout the school. They are kept very well informed of the difference that has been made by the pupil premium funding to the achievement of these pupils. Pupils’ social, moral and spiritual development is a strength of the school. The religious atmosphere of the school and its focus on developing the whole child, not just on academic achievement, is outstanding.

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