Lead inspector Rodney Braithwaite said the school, in Maple Road, had “a number of strengths” and highlighted good, and occasionally outstanding, teaching. He also pointed to the “outstanding engagement with parents and carers, who are active partners in the life of the school”.
The report, published yesterday (March 21) says that almost all pupils at the school, including disabled children and those with special educational needs, reached above expected standards in English and mathematics by the time they left in Year 6.
The inspection, which took place on February 28 and 29, found that the school was “good” overall.
In particular, inspectors found that:
- Pupils’ attainment in reading is above average by the time they leave school;
- Children attain above-average standards in English, mathematics and reading by the end of Year 2;
- Children have many opportunities for learning in lively and well-resourced environments;
- Learning is enhanced by the use of ability sets and small classes for lessons in English and mathematics;
- The school provides excellent support and care for pupils.
Headteacher Mrs Ros Hutchinson was singled out for leading the school with “passion and vision”.
“In addition to her ambitions for the school and care for the education and welfare of all pupils, the headteacher has skilfully developed a very strong team of senior leaders,” the report says.
In a letter to parents and children, Mr Braithwaite added: “You are right to be proud of your school.”
Inspectors recommended that the school put in place further measures to increase independent learning among pupils and ensure that the rate of progress across the school is consistent.
Mrs Hutchinson said: “I am delighted with the findings, not least because they reflect the hard work and dedication of all members of the school community – parents, children, staff, governors –because it is through our excellent partnership work that the school achieves the success it does.”
Simon Merckel, chairman of the Governing body, which was also commended by inspectors, added: “The inspection confirms what we have long known: that St Michael’s School is a good school that is well on the way to be an outstanding one and we congratulate Ros, the staff and all the pupils for their continued hard work.”