St Teresa’s School “Improved Beyond Recognition”

12th March 2018
St Teresas

St Teresa’s School children celebrated their “Good” Ofsted report this week. The school had been expecting a Monitoring visit, but after the first day’s observations the Inspector was pleased to convert the inspection to a full Ofsted visit.

The Inspector, Sheila Iwaskow, said “The improvements that the headteacher and her new team of teachers have made since the last inspection are remarkable.”

“The headteacher, ably supported by her assistant headteacher and team of new teaching staff, has improved the school beyond recognition. Through their sheer hard work and determination, the school no longer has serious weaknesses and is now good”.

“Outcomes at the end of Key Stage 1 in 2017 have risen sharply, particularly in reading and writing.” Mutual respect and strong relationships are characteristics of this hard-working school.”

The Inspector said that “as a result of good leadership, children get off to a flying start in the early years.”

Parents typically commented “The Headteacher has transformed the school, it’s like a different place” and “We are very lucky to have a wonderful school like this”.

The Inspector found that the learning environment indoors is mostly inviting, attractive and well resourced. The outside area is a labyrinth of exciting places for children to learn and play, whatever the weather. She thought that “Pupils are happy and confident. They come into school every morning with happy and smiling faces and a spring in their step”.

The Headteacher commented “I am delighted that the hard work of the leadership team, teachers, and support staff has been recognised in this fantastic report. I would like to thank the Parents and Governors for all their dedication and support over the last year”.

The school is fortunate in that it is a small well-resourced school with large classrooms, and plenty of outdoor space, specifically tailored to younger children. It enjoys a peaceful village site close to Birkdale’s thriving village community. Children enjoy a host of after school sports clubs, cinema nights runs by teachers, craft nights and even a yoga and mindfulness club. The school has also recently introduced a breakfast club, enabling working parents to drop children off on their way into work.