Inspectors heap praise on St Winefride’s

Pupils, staff and governors at St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School, Little Neston are celebrating following their recent Ofsted report, where HMI reported that the school continues to be ‘good’.

St Winefride’s was described as a welcoming and caring school, where pupils behave well and take pride in their learning. The strong positive and productive relationship between parents, carers, staff and governors was highlighted.

The school’s positive ethos was praised highly as was the deep commitment to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

The school’s investment in enriching the curriculum to widen the experiences for pupils has paid great dividends and has been successful in widening pupils’ horizons. The sporting achievements, including being awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport’ for the second year running, were also highlighted as a strength.

Teaching and learning was praised and it was commented that children are taught to take greater control over their learning, with older children gradually becoming more independent in correcting their own errors and making improvements to their work. Books show that pupils produce good-quality work representing their best efforts.

The school was found to have a strong culture of safeguarding with the children being taught, through the curriculum and in assemblies, to understand how to keep themselves safe, including when online. Pupils are confident that adults will help them, if they have a problem and know it will be dealt with quickly.

Head teacher Dawn Ormes said: “I am delighted that the hard work of all of the children and staff at our school has been acknowledged by Ofsted and that it is recognised that St Winefride’s is a good school. I feel that the Ofsted report is a true reflection of our school community and we will strive to build upon our successes.”