50 years young and still on top!

Ofsted at St Joseph's RC Primary School, Brighouse. Head teacher Mary Hodegs and pupils celebrates the schools 50th annivsary
Ofsted at St Joseph's RC Primary School, Brighouse. Head teacher Mary Hodegs and pupils celebrates the schools 50th annivsary

OUTSTANDING behaviour and pupils showing care and consideration for others have helped a Brighouse school score well in their Ofsted report.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, on Finkil Street, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, has been rated good by inspectors after their visit to the school last month.

The behaviour and safety of pupils scored highly with parents and carers who returned questionnaires agreeing that behaviour is good

“Inspection findings show this aspect is a considerable strength in the school, with behaviour being exemplary,” said Brenda Clarke in her report.

“Pupils are clear that this is always the case in their school and they are very polite and courteous towards visitors and each other. Pupils say overwhelmingly that they feel safe in school and that staff listen to their concerns.

“The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is outstanding overall so that pupils develop into mature and reflective young people.

“Pupils are very respectful of others and their differing life stances. The school is actively pursuing even more ways to enhance pupils’ understanding of cultural diversity by extending local and international links.”

Quality of teaching is also good with a common view from the pupils being ‘Teachers challenge you. They keep it simple and explain things well’.

Good teaching has helped see children progress well and quickly when they first start at the school.

“Most children enter the Early years Foundation Stage with skills levels that are below what is expected for their age, especially in their social and emotional development,” said the report.

“They make outstanding progress in this area and good progress overall because of consistently good teaching. Most reach their goals expected by the time they start in Year one and an increasing number exceeds this level.

“In lessons, learning is good. Pupils extend their speaking and listening skills and speak confidently and explain their answers clearly. Performance in lessons is good and pupils take their learning seriously, persevere with their tasks and usually complete a good volume of work.”

Head teacher Mary Hodges said: “Our whole school family here at St Joseph’s is very pleased indeed with the recent Ofsted report.

“The inspection, carried out under the new framework, was rigorous and intense but it did reaffirm our good and outstanding practice and identifies our accurate school self evaluation.

“As always, we intend to continue to strive for the best provision for our children as we shape their lives, in partnership with their parents and carers.”