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Positive report for St Martin's Primary

Positive report for St Martin's Primary

Monday 28 November 2022

Positive report for St Martin's Primary

Monday 28 November 2022

St Martin’s Primary School has achieved high standards according to its recent external inspection by Ofsted, which found it was performing to "excellent" or "good" standards in most areas.

One area which "requires improvement" is the "quality of education" while other sectors including personal development and pupil wellbeing were rated more highly.

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Pictured: The Ofsted report has been seen as positive overall.

The school's headteacher has said she will take on board the feedback on areas identified for improvement, but also said that she is thrilled with the findings overall.

Clare Giles said it shows that children are at the heart of all they do at St Martin's Primary School.

"Overall, we are thrilled with the findings," she said.

"Being awarded an 'excellent' judgement for the area of Personal Development and Welfare is a real achievement, which shows how we put our children at the heart of all the decisions we make in our school. We of course take on board all the comments made in the report and will continue to work on identified areas for improvement.

"Since taking over as the new headteacher in September 2021, I am extremely proud of our staff’s sheer hard work, passion and dedication, along with their relentless drive which has culminated in achieving this really good inspection report. I am also incredibly proud of all of our children who strive to be the best they can be every day, and who contribute so much to making St Martin’s Primary such a magical place."


Pictured: The positive report comes after two years of disruption due to covid, with most pupils 'distance learning' for some of that time. Inset - Nick Hynes.

The school's 'excellent' rating in the Personal Development and Welfare category has been described as "rare".

Other highlights in the report included: 

  • Students feel safe and well cared for in this welcoming and inclusive school.
  • Bullying is rare and students have complete confidence in how school leaders manage behaviour.
  • Leaders meticulously plan experiences to enrich the curriculum based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • The headteacher has instilled a strong sense of teamwork throughout the school and community. Along with other senior leaders, she leads with integrity and purpose. Staff are proud to work at the school.
  • Leaders have transformed the quality of early reading. They have raised expectations and put in place a consistent approach to teaching phonics.
  • Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) receive focused intervention from skilled staff.

Nick Hynes, Director of Education, said he was very pleased with the report and thanked the school staff for all the work they put in.

"This Ofsted inspection report is a credit to Clare and her team for always putting children at the heart of everything they do.

"Achieving an excellent rating in any category is incredibly difficult, as evidenced by the fact only 13% of schools in England have achieved it under this framework, and I would like to thank and congratulate all staff at the school."

Mr Hynes acknowledged that St Martin's Primary needs to improve the educational outcomes of pupils but he said that is being addressed.

"We strive for continual improvement and if any rating doesn’t quite reach the “good” threshold then by definition it requiresimprovement. I know Clare and her team will carry on driving through improvements where needed."


Pictured: Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen.

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said: "On behalf of the Committee I want to congratulate Clare and the whole St Martin’s Primary School community.

"There are so many positive observations in the inspection report and it is clear that both staff and students share an immense pride in being part of that school community.

"It was also pleasing to note that inspectors recognised that significant improvements had been made to the curriculum but more time is needed to bed them in across all subjects."

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