Holy Cross Primary School had an Ofsted inspection from 14th - 15th November 2017, where we were judged 'good'. The full report is published on the Ofsted website and you can view by clicking the link below. As part of the visit, lessons and parts of lessons were observed, pupils were observed during assembly, registration, break and lunchtimes. Samples of their work were also inspected. We have included some quotes from the full report below:
"Children get off to a very good start in Reception. A well-thought-out learning environment, coupled with high-quality teaching, result in good progress from their starting points. The quality of teaching is high and this ensures that they are fully prepared for Year 1."
"A very positive ethos pervades the school. Pupils show respect for each other, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is promoted well. Pupils are well prepared to take on their role as citizens in modern Britain."
"Teachers make lessons interesting and ensure that their pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the next steps of their education."
"Progress in reading and mathematics was significantly above average in the most recent published key stage 2 assessments."
"Senior leaders have developed a culture of high expectations in relation to pupils’ conduct and learning. This is having a positive impact on pupils’ progress across all aspects of their education."
"The curriculum is broad and offers pupils a breadth of learning activities to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in a wide range of subjects. It is organised through topics and high-quality children’s books."
"Leaders actively develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education effectively. The school motto to, ‘treat others as we wish to be treated’, is at the heart of its work in developing values such as respect, kindness and honesty. Pupils are taught explicitly about British values so they are well prepared for living in the diversity of modern Britain."
"Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the work of the school and their children’s progress. The views of many parents can be summed up by one who explained, ‘This school has transformed because of the headteacher’s leadership over the past two years’."
"Teachers’ subject knowledge is secure across a wide range of subjects. They ensure that pupils understand the specific terminology of the lessons they are learning and skilfully question pupils so that they are challenged to achieve their best. High-quality questioning from the teacher encourages pupils to reflect carefully about what they are learning."
"Pupils enjoy coming to school and show this through their polite and cheerful natures. Pupils’ attitudes to their learning are positive. They think carefully about their work and they are eager to please their teachers by working hard."
"Pupils say that they feel safe and well cared for in school. They are taught how to stay safe through a range of activities, such as assemblies, visitors and workshops. They talk confidently about how to keep themselves safe online. Children in Reception follow safety rules well when they are playing outside."
"Pupils are polite, respectful and extremely well mannered. They are true representatives of the school who take great pride in attending Holy Cross. Their achievements and individual talents are celebrated,"
“Parents have overwhelmingly positive views of early years. They particularly value the weekly sessions where they can stay and work with their children."