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Holy Family Catholic Primary School judged to be “Good”

by Laura Johnston

Holy Family Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Cronton has retained its “Good” Ofsted judgement following an inspection in March 2024.

Inspectors noted that:-

  • Pupils learn that making other people happy helps them to feel happy. This informs how they treat each other, with care and kindness.
  • Pupils feel part of the school’s close-knit and happy community.
  • Pupils endeavour to behave in accordance with the school’s values of respect, responsibility and resilience. They appreciate that staff notice when they do this successfully. For example, they receive ‘you’ve been spotted’ cards or ‘gems’ for their class jar.
  • Children in the early years are keen to share work that they are proud of, so that it can be displayed on the ‘wow wall’ for all to see.
  • Most pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), meet the school’s high expectations for their achievement.
  • Pupils relish participating in extra-curricular activities, such as gardening, cheerleading and cross-stitch clubs. They appreciate these opportunities to discover new interests.
  • The school has a strong focus on the professional development of staff.
  • Its engagement with educational research has informed the design of an ambitious and well-defined curriculum.
  • The school has ensured that the early years provides a strong foundation for future learning. Careful thought has been given to the knowledge and experiences that children will have, so that they are well prepared for Year 1 and beyond.
  • Staff are knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach. They help pupils to connect new information to knowledge that they have encountered before.
  • The school has recently strengthened its systems for identifying any additional needs that pupils have. It has developed its provision to ensure that pupils with SEND receive the support that they need.
  • Pupils with SEND learn well.
  • Pupils of all ages enjoy reading. Pupils take on roles as reading champions and organise events to celebrate reading, such as older pupils reading to younger peers.
  • Meticulous thought has been given to the school’s ‘inspire aspire’ programme, through which pupils learn about a diverse range of people and experiences. Pupils develop a strong understanding of the importance of being tolerant and respectful of others.
  • Governors are proud of the many strengths of the school. They use their expertise to support and challenge the school to continue to improve the quality of education that it provides.
  • Safeguarding arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Cllr David Lonergan, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

This is a fantastic report and judgement. School leaders and staff, Governors, pupils, their parents / carers and the wider community should feel incredibly proud of their achievements – well done.”