Ofsted inspectors say Kettering primary school continues to be good

St Mary's Primary Academy in Kettering has had a good Ofsted report
St Mary's Primary Academy in Kettering has had a good Ofsted report

Inspectors have said a school continues to be good after meeting staff and pupils during a recent visit.

Ofsted visited St Mary’s CEVA Primary School in Fuller Street, Kettering, for a short inspection in March.

Pupils celebrating their good rating

Pupils celebrating their good rating

It was the first since the school was judged to be good in May 2011, and five years on, the school has been told it is still good.

A report to the school states: “This school continues to be good.

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school.

“St Mary’s is a well-managed school with a calm yet industrious atmosphere.”

There was praise for the headteacher and deputy headteacher, who inspectors said provide ‘dynamic and energetic leadership.’

They also said leaders and governors know the school well and have formulated an effective plan for improvement.

There was further praise in the report, which said: “The caring, friendly and aspirational ethos that leaders and governors have developed at St Mary’s pervades every element of the school.

“Parents commented that this has developed even further since you and the vice-principal took over.

“Pupils enjoy coming to the school and most parents would recommend the school to another parent.”

The inspectors added that behaviour is good and attendance is currently above the national average.

Headteacher Diane Wright said: “I am thrilled that Ofsted have recognised that whilst we make excellent progress with our children, it’s the whole child that matters.

“At St Mary’s Kettering our Christian values underpin everything we do.

“St Mary’s is a place where everyone strives to be the best they can be in every aspect of their development.

“This is a fantastic platform, we will continue to strive for excellence.”

To read more about the inspection, search for St Mary’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School on the Ofsted website at http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/