“Saint Paul’s is a welcoming and supportive community. Leaders have high expectations for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.
Pupils achieve well,” report the Ofsted inspectors who recently visited Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester. The school has just received a good report following the visit of Ofsted inspectors to the school.
Their report was full of praise for the school which it commended for the way leaders ensure that the school is calm and orderly, the effective safeguarding arrangements, the comprehensive personal development curriculum development programme and the way that pupils benefit from a range of visits and experiences that help them to become active citizens. For example, pupils visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to gain an appreciation for their own art studies.
The report stated that: “Pupils feel safe in school.” and “Pupils behave well in lessons. They take pride in their work.”
It added: “Leaders, including governors, are ambitious for pupils. Working closely with staff, they have improved the quality of education that pupils receive. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is designed and delivered well.”
The report commented that: “Staff use highly effective strategies to support pupils’ reading development. For example, skilled mentors help pupils to develop their reading skills. …….This ensures that most pupils become fluent and confident readers.”
The report was full of praise that “pupils have a say on school issues and take ownership of school developments.”
“We are incredibly proud of our achievements,” said Mr Alex Hren, Headteacher of Saint Paul’s. “To have such positive comments from the team of inspectors is fully deserved as it recognises the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff, pupils, parents and governors.”
Sacha Humphries, CEO of the Corpus Christi Catholic Academy Trust, said “Myself and the governing body of Saint Paul’s are delighted with this Ofsted report, our thanks must go to all the staff for their dedication, commitment and hard work. I would also like to thank the pupils, parents and the wider community for showing great support to Saint Paul’s over the past few years.”
Sacha Humphries added: “It fills me with a great sense of pride that Saint Paul’s continues to move from strength to strength in providing what I believe is the best education for young people in Wythenshawe. The report was full of praise for the school and 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.”
“We are delighted with the continued and sustained progress at Saint Paul’s and the Ofsted report confirms the real sense of progress within the school. Congratulations to the students and staff. There is much more potential to achieve even greater results and we are enthusiastic and confident that further progress is within our grasp,” commented Mr Mike Whiteside, Deputy Headteacher.