St Raphael’s is rated in top 500 state schools and retains ‘good’ Ofsted rating

ST Raphael’s RC Primary, Millbrook, has retained its ‘good’ rating following an Ofsted inspection in mid-December.

And it followed on from them recently featuring in the top 500 state schools in the country which was based on academic SATs results.

Lynn Lakner and members of the school student council

The Ofsted inspection, however, looked at the overall standard of education provided at the school.

Headteacher Lynn Lakner, in a letter to parents and carers, wrote: “The outcome is a great achievement under the new Ofsted framework and reflects the constant hard work and dedication of staff and children.

“The report shows the continued progress that school has made since the last inspection.”

The inspector highlighted the strengths of St Raphael’s.

• There is a strong family atmosphere.
• Pupils enjoy school.
• Pupils behave well, both in lessons
and at break times.
• Teachers have high expectations for
every pupil.
• All pupils make strong progress
through the curriculum.
• The arrangements for safeguarding
are effective.

The report stated in 2019, a higher proportion of year six pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and mathematics than in other schools nationally.

It also pointed out there are a range of clubs, including coding, and there are also trips to extend pupils’ learning beyond the planned curriculum which helps them develop interests and their talents.

Mrs Lakner added the report also identified areas for improvement which the school is already addressing.

These include the further development of the wider curriculum and the matching of phonic skills to a child’s reading book.

When a school is judged to be good, normally visits subsequently take place on average once every four years to confirm that it has maintained that status.

The Ofsted report came in the wake of St Raphael’s also making the Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide.

St Raphael’s was placed 123rd compared to 489th in the 2018 guide. It was also named one of the top schools in Greater Manchester.

And the successes came during a year when St Raphael’s celebrated its landmark 50th anniversary.

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