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More Knowsley primary school success

by Gemma Melling

St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Primary School in Halewood is latest Knowsley primary school to receive a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating following a recent inspection.

This is the 8th primary school in the borough to receive a positive inspection result in the last four months alone.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “It has been a wonderfully positive few months for the primary sector here in Knowsley. We know that so many good things are happening in our schools so it is great for them to get the recognition they deserve.

“Giving our youngest residents the best possible start in life is something we all want to encourage and I am incredibly proud of our primary schools that are flying the flag for excellence in all they do.

“These latest inspections are great news for our communities and I hope all schools within Knowsley strive for the same kind of success and positive impact.”

Inspectors visiting St. Andrew the Apostle found that pupils enjoy coming to school and that staff have high expectations for the students within their care. Most pupils rarely miss a day of their education and are keen to make a positive contribution to school life. Inspectors were impressed by how well the leadership understands their own school and what they need to do to make it even better in the future.

St. Andrew the Apostle is the latest school to receive a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted judgement since November last year. It joins Millbrook Community Primary School, Knowsley Central School, Hope Primary School, Northwood Community Primary School, St. Mark’s Catholic Primary School, Ravenscroft Primary School and St. Bridgid’s Catholic Primary School who have all been acknowledged for their work over the last four months.

In addition to this, Halewood Church of England Primary school started the new year celebrating the news that they have topped the Department of Education’s table for Key Stage 2 SAT results across Merseyside. 96% of pupils at the school met the expected standards with 32% of pupils achieving a higher standard. This is compared to national averages of 65% and 11% respectively and means that the school is one of best performers not just in the region but in the whole of the UK. Rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted the school was also awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Award at the Educate Awards 2019.

Cllr Harvey said: “Some of the work going on within our schools community is quite remarkable but often those individual achievements can go unnoticed. So many of our schools, teachers, governors and pupils have such wonderful stories to tell and it is so important for our young people to know that success will be celebrated. This year the Knowsley Education Awards will be taking place in July so I would urge everyone within our schools community to get involved and help make this year’s event even better than ever!”

For more information visit the Knowsley Education Awards website.