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Children and staff at Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School are celebrating after being rated 'outstanding' for a second consecutive time

Posted by Julian Owen | May 08, 2018 | School life

Coventry's Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School has been given the top grading of 'outstanding' by Ofsted inspectors. The rating was celebrated with a non-uniform day, where everyone was treated to ice cream and a bouncy castle.

The school, part of the Romero Catholic Academy, was judged to be 'outstanding' in all areas, including outcomes for pupils; teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare; and leadership and management.

The quality of the children’s reading and writing is particularly praised in the newly-released report, which says: “Pupils’ progress and the quality of their writing are outstanding. Over the last five years, pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage 2 in writing has been above, or well above, the levels seen nationally.”

The report refers to Principal Paul Madia as ‘inspirational’ and says that there are high-quality processes in place to continually improve teaching, as well as excellent training for new leaders.

Parents are described as having ‘unwavering’ praise for the staff and leadership, commenting to inspectors that ‘the school is superb’ and ‘the teaching is strong’.

The pupils themselves are also described as a credit to the school, with the report stating that they are ‘polite, well-mannered and mature’ and that their ‘work ethic in lessons is terrific’.

Paul Madia said: “We are extremely proud to be rated as 'outstanding' for the second consecutive time.

“We have been through a number of Ofsted framework changes and each time the bar has been raised, making it even harder to achieve 'outstanding'. This makes the outcome of our latest inspection even more rewarding.

“The report praises everyone across the school, including our incredible staff and senior leadership team, our Local Academy Committee and, of course, our excellent children.

“We now look forward to the next exciting stage at Sacred Heart, as work on our new nursery building has begun.”

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