Corby school is ‘good’ in all areas

Children with headteacher Leanne Brydon.
Children with headteacher Leanne Brydon.

A Corby school has been praised by Ofsted after being graded as ‘good’ in all areas.

St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School in Beanfield Avenue received the grade after a surprise inspection by the education watchdog last month.

Inspectors praised the school’s “significant” improvements across subjects and improvements in pupil outcomes.

Headteacher Leanne Brydon said: “We are very fortunate to work with such a wonderful staff team who are all completely dedicated to achieving the best for our pupils and we are delighted that the work we have completed over the last three years, since our last inspection, has been recognised by Ofsted.”

Lead inspector Helen Williams said: “Leaders have worked hard to establish consistency of teaching across the school.

“Teachers use their knowledge of what pupils can already do to set tasks at the right level.

“They have high expectations of what pupils should be able to achieve.

“Teachers use questioning effectively to probe pupils’ understanding and develop their thinking.”

The school was placed in special measures in March 2014 and was graded as ‘requires improvement’ at its last Ofsted inspection in May 2015.

Since then there have been many changes including new leadership and teaching staff.

Pupils’ outcomes have improved and inspectors recognised that the pupils are making better progress that they have done in previous years.

The School became part of the St Luke Academies Trust three years ago and the report recognised the support given by the trust to the school.

Mrs Brydon’s ambitions for the school were recognised by inspectors.

The Ofsted report added: “Her high expectations for herself, the school, staff and pupils have been significant factors in transforming the school.”

Mrs Brydon said: “The report shows what can be achieved when we all work together to enable our fantastic pupils to achieve the very best outcomes.”

In a letter home to parents and the school community she thanked all for the wonderful support over the past four years.

Staff and pupils celebrated the success with a party day before school finished for the summer holidays.