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School praised by Ofsted for ‘rapid improvement’

Published on Monday, April 16, 2018

A CITY primary school is making ‘rapid and continuous improvement’ thanks to a ‘highly effective leadership team,’ according to its latest Ofsted report.


Catherine Junior School, in Brandon Street, has been rated as outstanding for the effectiveness of its leadership and for the personal development and behaviour of pupils.


Quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils have been judged as good, giving the school an overall ‘good’ Ofsted rating.


The school was previously rated as requiring improvement.


Inspectors praised the headteacher, Jennie Nurse, for her ‘ambition and determination’, which they said were ‘tangible in her pursuit of excellence.’


They also praised a strong leadership team and board of governors for helping to continuously drive improvement.


Pupils’ behaviour was described as ‘impeccable’, with pupils ‘keen to learn because the school’s curriculum is based around topics they find interesting and relevant.’


Headteacher Jennie Nurse said: “We are so delighted with this report. To be rated outstanding in two of the four areas, when previously our overall rating was ‘requires improvement’, is a huge achievement. It’s down to the hard work of everyone at the school – pupils, teachers, parents and governors – that we have been able to achieve this.


“We were singled out by inspectors for ‘continuous improvement’, so we’re certainly not going to stop here – we will continue to strive to ensure every pupil at our school gets the best possible outcome.”


Deputy city mayor Cllr Sarah Russell, who leads on children, young people and schools, said: “This is fantastic news for Catherine Juniors, and I sincerely congratulate them.


“I was also delighted to see praise for the local authority from the Ofsted inspectors – for the tailored support we have provided to the school, particularly in terms of recruitment, and in guidance for effective training and collaboration. We will continue to support all schools to help them drive improvement.”


The full report can be read on the Ofsted website.