Saint Paul’s has just seen the publication of its latest Ofsted Report. The school has been taken out of ‘serious weaknesses’ because it is clearly moving forward towards becoming a strong and self-improving school.
Under the leadership of Mr Tony Billings, Executive Head Teacher, a strong partnership has been forged with All Hallows Catholic College, an outstanding academy in Macclesfield.
The report says ‘The Executive Head teacher has quickly identified the key steps which the academy needed to take to improve rapidly’ and recognises that ‘There is plenty of good practice at Saint Paul’s’. Strengths are identified in leadership, governance, and spiritual, moral, social and cultural education.
The partnership with All Hallows has enabled all Saint Paul’s teachers to engage in advanced teaching skills training through the SSAT Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement programme and inspectors noted that ‘Many teachers are trying new learning activities to enthuse their pupils’ and that ‘Relationships between staff and pupils are good.’ with behaviour in most lessons being ‘positive and was well managed.’
Mr Billings said ‘The report correctly recognises the good work happening at Saint Paul’s. I am delighted with the way everyone is working so well together - staff, students and parents. It’s vital that we raise the bar on expectations and aspirations for our young people so they can have the best chances of a happy and fulfilling life. At the heart of every Catholic school is the development of the whole person, we aim to help every child to realise their God-given potential. Academic success and good values go hand in hand.’