A WREXHAM school has been labelled “excellent” in an Estyn inspection report.
Governors, staff and parents at St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School are delighted with the results of the inspection, which was carried out in January with results released today.
The learning environment and wellbeing of pupils were each deemed to be excellent, while both the school’s current performance and its prospects for improvement were considered to be good.
The school in Sontley Road has been asked to write two case studies, describing the excellent practice identified during the inspection.
It is one that inspectors consider to be “sector leading”.
Particularly pleasing were the inspectors’ observations that
St Joseph’s has created an “exceptionally strong, caring and inclusive ethos”, while “high levels of mutual support successfully promote high expectations and raise aspirations for all pupils”.
The inspectors also found that “pupils have a positive and significant influence on all aspects of school life”.
The results of pupil and parent surveys undertaken by the inspection team were also very pleasing.
They found 96 per cent of pupils feel safe in the school, 94 per cent feel their teachers help them to make progress and 96 per cent of pupils feel they are doing well.
It was also revealed that 95 per cent of parents feel their child is making good progress at the school, 96 per cent believe staff expect their children to work hard and 97 per cent regard their child as safe in the school.
The Section 50 inspection into the religious life of the school also drew some heartening conclusions.
It found the “Christian life of the school is inspirational” and “overall standards of teaching and learning are excellent” while there is a “palpable determination to improve continually and to give every pupil their full learning entitlement”.
The inspectors added: “The headteacher [Maria Rimmer] provides exceptional vision, energy and support” and “chaplaincy provision makes a very significant contribution to the school’s success in implementing its aims”.
The report’s authors sum up: “The school has the drive and ambition to refine and develop its vision and to provide excellence in its mission for the whole community.”
A school spokesman said: “We would like to thank all of our partners in helping us to achieve this wonderful outcome, particularly the pupils and parents whose continual support helps to make St Joseph’s a school of which to be proud.”