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'Journey of improvement' at St Christopher’s Church of England Primary School in Red Lodge recognised by Ofsted

A primary school’s ‘journey of improvement’ has been recognised by Ofsted – but it needs further action to secure a ‘good’ rating.

St Christopher’s Church of England Primary School, in Red Lodge, was placed in special measures after being judged ‘inadequate’ five years ago and became an academy as part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT) in November 2016.

Following an inspection last month, the school received an overall ‘requires improvement’ rating with ‘good’ elements for behaviour and attitudes as well as personal development.

St Christopher's CEVC Primary School, in Red Lodge.
St Christopher's CEVC Primary School, in Red Lodge.

In its report, Ofsted said pupils, staff, parents and carers ‘agree that St Christopher’s has got better’.

It noted that ‘one parent summed up the views of many by saying the school has improved over the last three years in so many ways’.

The watchdog found that leaders set high expectations for all pupils to be aspirational about their future and leaders and staff had improved the reading, writing and mathematics curriculums.

Pupils at St Christopher’s, in Bellflower Crescent, were considerate, kind-hearted and respectful of others and understood the school values of ‘PRIDE: positive, respect, independence, determination and equality’.

However, to improve further leaders needed to ‘make sure that assessment underpins the curriculum across all subjects’ and ‘carefully check and act upon how their actions are improving the curriculum, and pupils’ access to it’. They also needed to keep a closer check on SEND provision.

Headteacher Caroline James said St Christopher’s had been on a ‘real journey of improvement’ over the last three years and its successes were a result of pupils, parents, staff and the trust working together.

She said: “We are in a strong position to continue on that journey of improvement.”

Adrian Ball, CEO of DEMAT, said: “We took over the school with a label of ‘inadequate’, a stigma now firmly assigned to the past. Whilst there is still lots to do, we are confident that we are in a strong position to maintain the momentum of improvement to address those areas identified by inspectors as needing attention.”

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