St Mary’s was rated as ‘Good’ and improving by OFSTED on their last visit in November 2018
The inspector commented that:
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Based on the evidence gathered during this short inspection, I am of the opinion that the school has demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas. This may indicate that the school has improved significantly overall. Therefore, I am recommending that the school’s next inspection be a section 5 inspection.
We were praised for some key elements of our provision:
"A key reason for the school’s success so far has been the careful and well considered curriculum you have provided for the pupils. While achievement of high standards in the basic skills is the school’s priority, enriching pupils’ daily learning through a wide variety of creative experiences has helped to engender their love for learning"
"The school’s strong emphasis on personal development and sound values has created a harmonious and purposeful learning environment. Pupils feel valued and believe that the school truly lives up to its vision to ‘celebrate the uniqueness of every child’"
"Parents and carers with whom I spoke during the inspection, and those who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, were overwhelmingly positive about the school One parent said of the school, ‘It’s a place of peace and happiness’"
"Safeguarding leaders have a deep knowledge and understanding of how to keep pupils safe."
"The curriculum is developed well to promote pupils’ safety both physically and emotionally"
"The range of mindfulness techniques is highly valued by pupils and parents. The ‘digital leaders’ give presentations to pupils to help them keep safe online. Bullying is rare. Pupils’ differences are celebrated. Pupils demonstrate strong personal skills and empathy."