St Paul’s celebrates as Ofsted report notes improvement

St Paul's RC school headteacher Maria Wilson  with chairman of governors Pam Slater , headboy Nathan Holliday and headgirl Imogen Horrocks .
St Paul's RC school headteacher Maria Wilson with chairman of governors Pam Slater , headboy Nathan Holliday and headgirl Imogen Horrocks .

An Alnwick middle school is celebrating after an inspection, carried out as part of a targeted series across the county, revealed it has improved.

Last month, teams of Ofsted inspectors went into 17 schools across Northumberland following concerns that children on free school meals were doing worse than their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

One of those looked at was St Paul’s RC Voluntary Aided Middle School in Alnwick, which has been rated good under the new framwork, an improvement from its satisfactory rating on its last inspection in 2011.

The report concludes that pupils progress well and achieve above-average standards by the time they leave school at the end of Year 8.

It says that gaps in the performance of different groups have narrowed significantly since the previous inspection and that the quality of teaching is now more consistently good.

The school was particularly pleased with the comment: “The pupils’ behaviour in and out of lessons, in particular in listening to teachers, showing respect towards others and in acting sensibly when moving around the school building, is excellent.”

Among other reasons, it is not yet an outstanding school, because pupils do not make as much progress in reading as they do in writing and maths.

Ofsted looks at four categories: Achievement of pupils; quality of teaching; Behaviour and safety of pupils; and leadership and management.

Executive headteacher, Maria Wilson, said: “I am delighted that inspectors found the school to be good in all of these areas.

“I would like to thank the pupils, parents, governors and staff for their contribution to the very successful outcome of our Ofsted inspection.

“We have a report of which the whole school community can be proud.”

Pam Slater, chairman of governors of St Paul’s Catholic Schools Federation, said: “I am pleased that the report notes the good work of the governing body and their effective contribution to the school.

“I am delighted for staff and pupils that their achievements have been recognised and congratulate them on their success.

“As always, we remain committed to working together to secure excellent education, in a Christian setting, at the heart of our community.”

This report follows an equally succesful inspection last year of federated school, St Paul’s RCVA First School.