St Benedict's School, Bury St Edmunds

A Catholic school has been labelled 'outstanding' and 'highly effective' in an Ofsted report.

St Benedict's School, in Bury St Edmunds, which has specialist status in mathematics and computing, received top marks in every category, with no scores below 'above average'.

The inspection, carried out in January, complimented its community support and fund-raising events as well as the high levels of achievement, which placed the school in the top 10 per cent in the country over the last three years.

Paul Rossi, headteacher, said everyone involved with the school was delighted as the pupils were feeling good about themselves and the staff were pleased to be recognised.

Mr Rossi said: "We felt we were good and we would go out to prove it. Some of the things the inspector picked up were very pleasing to read.

"Obviously we are delighted. It's all about co-operation and teamwork and it works very well here."

The school's spiritual, moral and social development was described by the inspector as outstanding.

Other things which contributed to the high grade included the difference made by being a specialist school and close partnership with nearby schools, using mentors and leadership.

The report stated: "The school takes exceptionally good care of individuals and encourages them to do the same for their peers.

"As a result, the atmosphere is warm and supportive, giving students the confidence to grow and the space to be independent."

In order to improve even further, the school was asked to work on further participation of both students and parents.

February 8, 2008