Bircotes school is on the way up. . .

St Patrick's Catholic Primary School receive a good Ofsted report.  Pictured center with pupils and staff is Headteacher Steve Dent and Deputy Headteacher Trish Bird  (w120118-9)
St Patrick's Catholic Primary School receive a good Ofsted report. Pictured center with pupils and staff is Headteacher Steve Dent and Deputy Headteacher Trish Bird (w120118-9)

A BIRCOTES school is celebrating after Ofsted removed it from Special Measures following a visit in December.

The Inspectors recognised the ‘substantial improvements’ that St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School had made since being placed in special measures in September 2009.

A report said the small school had improved to the extent that ‘achievement, teaching and leadership and management are now satisfactory’.

Headteacher Steve Dent said that he was delighted with the report’s findings

“It is pleasing that Ofsted have recognised the improvements we have put in place and we are now well set to continue to improve,” he said.

Mr Dent continued: “There are many people who have helped us throughout the process and I would like to publicly thank them for their contributions.”

“Firstly, the staff and Governors who have worked tirelessly to implement the issues identified.”

He added: “Secondly, to Hallam Diocese, Nottinghamshire Local Authority and those schools who have supported us through the process and finally, but most importantly, to the children and their families who have stuck by us in a challenging time.”

The Ofsted report took place in December and was full of praise for the improvements made at the school.

It read that: “St Patrick’s has improved substantially in the last two years to the extent that achievement, teaching and leadership and management are now satisfactory.”

“The large majority of personal development outcomes are good and behaviour has improved and is now good.”

“The school’s provision for the Early Years Foundation Stage has notably improved and in the rest of the school, pupils are making much better progress than at the time of the last inspection, particularly in mathematics and reading.”

It continued: “Attainment remains low because of underachievement at the time of the previous inspection. However, progress is improving quickly and securely because of major improvements made to teaching and the use of assessment.”

St Patrick’s Chair of governors Ann Woods said that the report was a testament to the dedication and hard work of everyone at the school.

“This is a fantastic outcome for the school and well-deserved,” she said.

“It reflects the hard work of all the staff and their commitment to ensuring that the children in St Patrick’s continue to make good progress in all aspects of their learning.”

While the report hailed the school’s vast improvements, Ofsted found that St Patrick’s still needs improve in a number of areas, such as raising attainment so it at least matches the national average and improving the effectiveness of leadership and management

Inspector Kevin Sheldrick said: “The school is improving quickly and as result, they are achieving more.”

“The gap between the school’s test results at year 6 and the national average is reducing. Teaching is a lot better than it was at the time of the last full inspection and teachers are working hard to ensure pupils experience interesting lessons that allow them to work at the right level.”

He continued: “We have asked the school to improve further by ensuring pupils have even more opportunities to choose work that they find challenging and we think that they will be clearer about what they must do to improve if teachers devote more time to discussing progress in lessons.”

Mr Sheldrick added: “Pupils can also help improve their school by continuing to give their opinions about what will make the school better.”