A Liverpool primary school is celebrating after Government inspectors concluded it is no longer failing – and praised the headteacher for her “inspirational leadership”.
St Clare’s Catholic Primary School in Wavertree is now classed as “requires improvement” rather than “inadequate”.
Ofsted made the decision to take it out of special measures after finding it had “worked tirelessly to tackle the areas for improvement” and was ready to be re-graded sooner than they had expected.
Inspectors describe headteacher Kate Peaston as having “brought about a new energy among leaders and staff” since her appointment in 2016, noting she has “reignited a passion and determination in leaders, staff and governors”.
Leadership and teaching of new pupils in early years is described as “good” and the progress of pupils overall is improving.
Also praised is the behaviour and attendance of pupils, and Ofsted also found that parents were “overwhelmingly positive” about the school and the improvements made.
Headteacher Kate Peaston said: “We’ve got a long way to go yet and we are not complacent, but I am really pleased that the inspectors have recognised the determination of everyone at St Clare’s to drive up standards and make sure our pupils get the best possible education. It is a great early Christmas present just ahead of the festive break!
“This is a fantastic school in a great area, we’ve got wonderful staff, pupils and parents and as a team we’re all striving to tackle the remaining issues and achieve greater things in the future.”
Areas identified for improvement include closing the attainment gap consistently across the school, making sure teaching allows all pupils to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in a logical way.
Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet member for Schools, said: “It’s great to see the turnaround at St Clare’s reflected in the latest Ofsted report. Congratulations to everyone for their incredibly hard work, it is a real team effort across the whole school from the head downwards and in partnership with parents.
“We are absolutely determined to make all of our schools as good as they can possibly be, which is why School Improvement Liverpool is supporting the school.
“Our commitment to support all schools to be the best they can is reflected in the Liverpool Promise which we launched recently in partnership with schools, with an ambition to make education in our city the best in the country.”
Earlier this year, Our Lady and St Philomena’s Primary School in Norris Green was also removed from special measures when it was uplifted to ‘good’.
Overall, 90 percent of Liverpool’s primary schools are rated good or outstanding by Ofsted.