CHILDREN made outstanding progress at a primary school that has just received a glowing Ofsted report.
Staff and pupils at St Anthony’s Catholic Primary in Titchfield Common are celebrating the excellent inspection which gives top marks for pupil attainment, special needs provision, attendance and the effectiveness of care, guidance and support.
Marjorie Dean, who joined the school as headteacher five years ago, is thrilled with her second ‘good’ Ofsted in a row.
She said: ‘We are all very pleased with the report, it’s wonderful news for the whole school community.
‘What excited us the most was that our pupil outcomes are outstanding – that’s the key to everything we do here.
‘We are particularly successful at targeting individual pupils’ needs, regardless of their ability or if they have special educational needs, and having continual monitoring and assessments to know exactly where they are.
‘I’ve got an experienced and dedicated staff who give over and above what would be expected of them and my governing body is tremendous.
‘The vision at our school is ensuring high quality education in the context of a gospel community – as a faith school you’ve got a particular responsibility to deliver excellence within the Christian community.’
The good news coincides with the school’s 20-year anniversary, and in keeping with its charitable ethos youngsters have already raised almost £2,200 this year for a community of Dominican nuns in South Africa who are trying to build a hall to feed vulnerable and orphaned children.
Mrs Dean said: ‘We have got very confident and articulate children who have a tremendous sense of responsibility for themselves, for each other and for others outside their school community. We are very blessed to have children we are incredibly proud of – and we are making sure they fulfil their potential. I hope when they leave they reflect on their primary years as a positive experience where learning was pleasurable.’
This year, St Anthony’s primary school leavers smashed national average scores as 87 per cent of all pupils achieved the expected grades in English and maths key stage two tests.