School Wins Perfect Marks

The third in Leicester to be officially rated outstanding

St Thomas More Catholic Primary, in Clarendon Park, received top marks from Ofsted, which said it allowed pupils to “flourish and do extremely well, both academically and personally”.

It joins Green Lane Infant School, in Spinney Hill, and Whitehall Primary, in Evington, which were given Ofsted’s highest rating in their most recent inspections.

Inspectors gave the school perfect marks in everything it did and praised its “warm and caring environment”.

Head teacher Patricia Mason, who was described in the report as “inspirational”, paid tribute to the team effort of staff, governors, parishioners, parents and children.

She said: “If you get the ethos right, everything else follows. You make sure everybody feels proud of their school and proud to be here.

We’ve put in the effort and the spirit and, because we’re a Catholic school, adhere to the Gospel values of love and respect for other people.”

Ofsted said the school’s challenging targets were one of the main reasons why pupils’ achievements were excellent and why standards were “exceptionally and consistently high” by the time they left.

Pupils said they were proud to go to such a successful and happy school.

Joey Keaveny, nine, said: “The good thing about the teachers here is that they always make our lessons exciting because most teachers at other schools just make you copy things off the blackboard.

“We don’t do that. We get to do experiments and investigations and things like that. That’s the best way to learn.”

Classmate Amber Thornton, also nine, said: “The school’s got good facilities.”

Jake Stone, eight, said: “The teachers try to make it as fun as possible but still make us learn.

“And in the playground, nobody bullies or teases us.”

The school is also due to have official confirmation from the Catholic Diocese that its religious education is outstanding.

Chairman of governors Jeremy O’Dwyer said: “The results speak for themselves. They are a credit to the whole school community and particularly Mrs Mason.”

The only feature the school was asked to improve was the opportunities it gave children to develop their maths skills across the curriculum.

Rushey Mead Secondary School is also rated outstanding by Ofsted

By Ian Wishart