School celebrates its ‘outstanding’ pupils

Staff and pupils at St Pauls RCVA First School celebrate their Ofsted report.
Staff and pupils at St Pauls RCVA First School celebrate their Ofsted report.

Pupils, staff and the whole community of a north Northumberland first school have been celebrating their recent Ofsted report.

The report, published this month, states that St Paul’s RCVA First School in Alnwick is a ‘good’ school with ‘outstanding behaviour and safety of pupils’.

It marks an improvement from the previous inspection at the school, which rated it as ‘satisfactory’.

Executive headteacher Maria Wilson is delighted that the report recognises the excellent work of the school.

She said: “It is difficult to summarise or pick out highlights from such an overwhelmingly positive report.

“I am, however, particularly pleased that the inspector reported that ‘the school meets its aim to provide an environment where pupils are excited, challenged, safe and happy’ as I believe this is something that we all strive to achieve every day in our work in school.

“I am proud of the children and of the high standards set and achieved by the teaching staff and the whole school team.

“We have achieved so much in a small space of time. This must be attributed to the dedication of staff and support from parents and governors.”

Ofsted judged behaviour and safety of pupils to be outstanding and achievement of pupils, quality of teaching and leadership and management as good.

The inspector reported that the pupils ‘are happy, caring and extremely considerate of each other and their teachers.

‘Pupils enjoy coming to school, take an active part in school life and have exceptional attitudes to learning. They behave impeccably both within lessons and when around the school.’

Mrs Wilson was particularly delighted with these comments. “I believe this recognises and reflects the caring, Christian ethos of our school,” she said.

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

“As a school we are committed to continuing to provide the best possible care and education for all of our pupils. ”

The report explains that the school is not yet outstanding as the ‘teaching is not yet outstanding overall’ and the progress pupils make in reading, while good, is not as strong as in maths and writing.