Governors hail ‘excellent’ St Michael’s Ofsted report

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A primary school has maintained its ‘good’ Ofsted rating, with future improvements targeted.

St Michael’s Church of England Combined School, on Chapel Square, was visited by Ofsted inspectors on March 19 and 20, with 16 lessons observed.

It was the first inspection the school had faced since June 2009, when it was adjudged to be ‘good’.

This time round it achieved the same rating.

Inspectors praised good teaching and pupils’ “positive attitudes to learning”, which results in promising progress throughout the school.

Headteacher Katharine Passmore, who joined the school in January 2012, was praised for her “effective” leadership.

The report read: “The headteacher has successfully led the school to reverse the decline in achievement.”

The primary school missed out on an ‘outstanding’ rating as girls are not progressing as well as boys, while aptitude in mathematics is ‘slower’ than in reading or writing.

In a letter to parents chair of governors Neil Clarke said the ‘good’ rating was an “excellent outcome”.

He wrote: “Great credit must go to Mrs Passmore, all the staff, the children and governors for all their hard work in working together to deliver this result.

“No-one should underestimate how difficult it is to be graded as “good” across all four categories of assessment – it is a tremendous achievement and I am sure you would like to join with me in congratulating all involved.”

Mr Clarke added that the governors will be “working hard to ensure we maintain and improve” the Ofsted rating to ‘outstanding’.