Small school is a very big success

Top grade: St Mary's pupils with headteacher Mrs Ruth Ross
Top grade: St Mary's pupils with headteacher Mrs Ruth Ross

A country school with 30 pupils has received a top of the class result in its Ofsted report, to the delight of staff, pupils and parents.

Inspectors called at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Claughton-on-Brock, last month, giving only a few hours notice before their arrival.

Their inspection has led to St Mary’s grading as “outstanding”, with every criteria in the inspectors’ checklist also being “outstanding.”

The school is so thrilled with the result that it is considering changing its motto from “A small school with a big heart” to “An outstanding small school with a big heart”.

Headteacher Mrs Ruth Ross, who recently featured in a Garstang Courier profile, said: “The outcome of the recent inspection is down to the hard work of all the staff, governors, pupils, volunteers and the continued support of the parents.”

Words such as “outstanding,” “excellent,” “brilliant,” and “inspirational” litter the eight-page report, which was put on Ofsted’s website last week. Pupils’ achievements, teaching quality, pupil behaviour and safety, and the school’s leadership and management were all classed as “outstanding.”

The summary section of the report says the pupils are “unfailingly polite, friendly and helpful” and “have very keen attitudes resulting in excellent achievement .”

It adds: “All pupils, including those with special educational needs, make at least good progress in English and maths, and many make significantly better than expected progress.”

The only area for improvement listed by the inspectors is for the school to “enhance pupils’ involvement with their learning even 
further by providing them with regular opportunities to respond to teachers’ marking.”