Ofsted & Diocesan Inspection Reports
Our most recent Ofsted was held in February 2023. The Overall Effectiveness rating for the school was "Good" with an "Outstanding" judgement for Early Years Provision.
Ofsted February 2023:
“Pupils enjoy being part of this close-knit school community. They are proud of their school. Pupils have positive attitudes towards learning and towards each other.”
“Pupils are cared for and well looked after.”
“Pupils behave well. They are proud to talk about the school’s ‘golden rules’ and they are kind and respectful towards others.”
“Pupils feel safe at school. They are confident that the staff would deal with any rare instances of bullying immediately.”
“… pupils learn well across the curriculum.”
“Leaders identify pupils with SEND accurately.” and “Pupils with SEND make good progress.”
“There is a genuine culture of care between leaders, staff and pupils.”
In Early Years: “Children make outstanding progress in their learning and development” and “Children are prepared exceptionally well for learning in Year 1.”
Diocesan Inspection Report:
The school was inspected in November 2017 for R.E under the new Diocesan Inspection Framework. We are very proud to share St Thomas’ was judged to be “Outstanding” in every area. Please click here to read the report: St Thomas of Canterbury RE Diocesan Inspection Report November 2017
Here is a selection of comments taken from the Inspection Report...
“Pupils are very enthusiastic in their learning and demonstrate excellent understanding of religious literacy in both spoken and written form. Their behaviour is outstanding both in lessons and around the school. Pupils are friendly, confident, articulate ambassadors for the school."
“The quality of leadership and management of religious education is outstanding. Leaders demonstrate a purposeful commitment to continued school improvement.”
“The Catholic life of the school is outstanding, characterised by a distinctive warmth and sense of welcome.”
“Pupils are very enthusiastic in their learning and demonstrate excellent understanding of religious literacy in both spoken and written form. Their work reflects the considerable pride with which they approach their learning and they are keen to do well. Their behaviour is outstanding both in lessons and around the school. Pupils are friendly, confident, articulate ambassadors for the school.”
“The typicality of teaching and learning in religious education is outstanding. Teachers are enthusiastic and convey this to the pupils. Careful planning, well–established routines and interesting activities ensure that pupils are engaged and learn well.”