St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School in Kirkby has secured a ‘Good’ Ofsted rating with inspectors stating the school is “going from strength to strength.”
The school’s last inspection was in March last year, when it was judged to be ‘Requires improvement’. In just 12 months, the school has achieved ‘Good’ judgements in all inspection areas – effectiveness of leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; outcomes for pupils and early years provision.
Inspectors noted that the governing body works effectively with senior leaders and that leaders have high expectations and ambition. Leaders ensure that there is a broad and balanced curriculum, which is well structured and engaging.
Attainment was also highlighted as improving and that attainment at the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics in key stages 1 and 2 had increased. Extra-curricular activities were also enhancing learning.
Parents also supported the Ofsted inspection and they spoke in a highly positive manner about the school and particularly the improvements to leadership at the school.
Inspectors highlighted that the school had benefitted from effective support from Knowsley Council and the Archdiocese, with areas for improvement that had previously been raised have now been tackled effectively.
Strengths at the school are shared with other local schools providing them with support around moderation of assessment information, subject development in reading and aspects of personal social, health and economic education.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said
“I’m delighted with the ‘Good’ outcome for St Laurence’s Catholic Primary School which shows that their hard work and commitment has paid off to drive forward the improvements needed. Pupils are receiving high standards of teaching, along with the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge through spiritual and cultural development being woven into the curriculum, along with extra-curricular activities on offer. Pupils are proud of their school – and rightly so. This is a very positive report and well done to everyone involved!”