Good-rated school is "aspirational for all pupils"

June 27, 2019

 

 

A "caring and inclusive" Blakenhall school has been rated Good by Ofsted.

 

Inspector Kirsty Foulkes visited St Luke's Church of England Aided Primary last term and found its leadership team have "maintained the good quality of education" at the Park Street South school.

 

She said that Headteacher Alison Grennan and her team have created "a caring and inclusive school where pupils are happy and confident and value their education". She found that a "sense of community and nurture of the child and their family fills the school", with parents full of praise for St Luke's.

 

Staff say they are proud to be part of the school community, and agree that it has a culture which "encourages calm and orderly conduct and is aspirational for all pupils".

 

The inspector found the "supportive attitudes and exemplary behaviour of pupils are significant strengths". The staff know and nurture each child and providing a wide range of visits and experiences which reflects the ethos at St Luke's.

 

Early years staff "support children to settle quickly and develop positive attitudes to learning", with children moving into Year 1 successfully as a result. Effective teaching at Key Stages 1 and 2 builds upon the strengths of the early years, and the "excellent relationships that exist between pupils and adults ensure that positive attitudes continue to be developed, and these are clearly evident throughout the school".

 

Pupils' personal development is a strength of the school, and they are proud to be at St Luke's. Leaders ensure the Christian faith remains central to the school's ethos, while valuing and respecting pupils’ own beliefs, and parents value this.

 

Governors challenge senior leadership effectively, safeguarding is given a high priority and "senior leaders have responded well" to the recommendations of St Luke's previous inspection, when it was also rated Good.

 

Mrs Grennan said: “We are delighted that the report has recognised the special ethos of our school and are proud of the commitment and dedication of all our pupils, staff, parents and Governors who contribute to our wonderful and diverse school community.”

 

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "This is a very positive report which reflects well on the good work of Alison Grennan, her team and everyone connected with St Luke's Church of England Aided Primary School. It is great to read how happy children, parents and staff are with the school, and that it is providing a good quality of education for its pupils."

 

To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

 

 

 

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