Jan 31 2013 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
PRIMARY pupils celebrated their school turning from a ‘good’ to an ‘outstanding’ school over the last four years with a slice of cake.
Ofsted inspectors visited St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Dobbin Close, Harrow, in December and this month reported that it had earned top marks in every category from the achievement of pupils, the quality of teaching, behaviour and safety of pupils and leadership and management.
Headteacher of the voluntary aided school, Philip Sutton, said: “We are extremely proud of achieving outstanding – a clear endorsement of the great work that is carried out by pupils, staff, governors and parents. It’s a real team effort.
“The judgement is not just about the two-day inspection, but more so the ongoing commitment and high standards that we aspire to as a learning community.”
The Ofsted report said: “The quality of teaching is outstanding over time and has resulted in fast progress and high standards.
“Pupils are very happy at school and display excellent attitudes to learning.
“Since its last inspection, the school has effectively addressed all areas for improvement, strengthened the Early Years Foundation Stage and improved achievement at Key Stage 1. The school has outstanding capacity for improvement.”
In an otherwise flawless assessment, inspectors had one recommendation for how the school could be better.
They said: “Ensure that all marking is of equally high quality so that pupils are very clear about what they need to do to achieve the next level of success.”