Pupils at ‘outstanding’ Langwith Junction school are a ‘credit’

A school in Langwith Junction continues to be rated ‘outstanding’ – seven years after it was first given the top grade by Ofsted inspectors. A recent brief inspection of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Langwith Road led inspectors to praise pupils for being “a credit to the school”.

The recently published Ofsted report noted: “Pupils are enthusiastic about school. They maturely reflect on their learning. As one student said of history, ‘It can shape our lives today so that we don’t make the mistakes people made in the past.’

“They are friendly and well-mannered. Their behavior is exemplary. They welcome visitors with confidence and warmth. The school is calm and orderly. The students enjoy their lessons and do their best. The students feel safe and happy. They enjoy very good relationships positive with the staff. In the school community, the feeling of togetherness is striking.”

Inspectors were also impressed by what they called “a distinguishing feature” of the 243-pupil school, namely the involvement of pupils in decision-making. The report added: “There are many opportunities for pupils to express their views. Student voice groups include ‘agents for change’ and mental health ambassadors. These groups make a tangible difference to the life of the school.”

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In addition, inspectors said the school received “high praise from parents and carers, reflecting the dedication of staff and the positive impact on pupils’ development”. One parent summed up the views of many with the following comment: “The staff is amazing. My children are thriving. Forever grateful.”

Headteacher Dani Seaman was delighted with the findings of the Ofsted report and said: “We are delighted to maintain an outstanding Ofsted rating, which reflects our commitment to maintaining a nurturing and enriching environment where every child can flourish.

“It also highlights the hard work, dedication and passion of our outstanding staff, students and the entire Catholic school community.

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