Praise from Ofsted for St Christopher’s CE School, Cowley

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Children ‘can’t wait to come to school in the morning’

IMPROVEMENTS at St Christopher’s CE School in Oxford have been praised by Ofsted inspectors.

The inspectors, who visited the school in January, rated it as Good in all areas. The report stated: “The Headteacher’s vision and dedication has transformed the school. She has made sure pupils’ welfare and safety is the top priority and raised aspirations among staff of what pupils can achieve. As a result pupils are happy, keen learners who, as one parent said, ‘can’t wait to come to school in the morning’.”

The inspectors praised the curriculum, stating: “Pupils enjoy a wide variety of lessons taught by specialists, including Spanish, computing and art. Pupils further hone their literacy and numeracy skills across the whole curriculum; l

Children enjoy the trim trail outdoor play area at St Christopher’s.

eaders place an emphasis on ‘real life’ problem solving to develop skills of independence and leadership and to help prepare pupils for their next stages of education.”

Teaching and learning were praised, as well as personal development, behaviour and the welfare of children. The report stated: “Pupils from all backgrounds thrive in this inclusive school. The vast majority of pupils are confident, self-aware, and are happy to talk to adults about their school and their learning.”

Inspectors stated: “Pupils’ confidence and resilience is further developed through attending the forest school. Here pupils actively engage in activities such as rope-walking, learning to ask for help when they need it and to talk about their experiences positively. Leaders are now making sure that those pupils who need to, transfer these skills to the classroom.”

Sheenagh Broadbent, the Headteacher, said: “This is such a great outcome for our school which reflects on the all the hard work of my talented staff team over the last few years. Our children are just fabulous and I’m so pleased that the inspectors could see how much they all enjoy coming to school and being part of one large family here.”