Ofsted Inspection October 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,


I have quoted some lovely comments contained in the letter sent to me from Ofsted, following our one day Inspection, which resulted in their judgement of St Mark’s as a good school.


St Mark’s is a nurturing and happy school where pupils behave well and work hard. Pupils are polite to visitors and get on well with each other and the adults who teach them. Along with other school leaders, including governors, you have sustained many of the school’s strengths, including the positive and welcoming ethos.


Parents are overwhelmingly positive about the school. They value the care, guidance and support which their children receive and the positive relationships that they have with members of staff.


Outcomes have improved in mathematics, and many pupils now make strong progress across key stage 2 in this subject. Pupils are also making better progress in reading, and the provisional results for 2018 show that the proportion achieving the expected standard at the end of key stage 2 has risen significantly.


There is a strong culture of safeguarding at St Mark’s. Leaders have ensured that all safeguarding policies meet current requirements, and that appropriate checks are made on all adults who work with children at the school. Safeguarding records are detailed and show that the school works effectively with outside agencies, where appropriate, to support vulnerable pupils and families.


Pupils say that they feel safe in school. They said that staff help them to learn what to do, and how to stay safe, in different situations. The Year 6 pupils that I spoke to told me how they learn to stay safe when using the internet. They also showed a good understanding of the different forms of bullying. They told me that bullying rarely happens at St Mark’s and that they have confidence in staff to quickly resolve any problems of this kind.


There are many strengths in the early years. Staff provide a well-organised and stimulating learning environment for children, both indoors and outside. There are excellent relationships between staff and parents and carers. Parents value the close interaction they have with school.


Ofsted in their report point out ways the school can develop further, to move from Good to Outstanding, which I have reproduced over the page. I would like to thank the staff for their excellent work and our wonderful children, who impressed the Ofsted Inspector during the day and the support of parents and governors, to make St. Mark’s such a great place to be, as our Mission Statement says ‘In a caring Christian Community, we love, learn, laugh and achieve’. We will all continue to work together to develop our school further in the future.


Next steps for the school

Leaders and those responsible for governance should ensure that:

- staff make better use of assessment in the early years to set work that regularly challenges children and moves them on in their learning

- further improvements are made to overall attendance and there is a reduction in the proportion of pupils who are persistently absent from school

- pupils make better progress in developing their writing skills in English and subjects across the curriculum

- effective systems are developed to evaluate the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the wider curriculum.


Copies of the letter from Ofsted are available from the school office and can be accessed on the school website.


Yours sincerely,


R Coakley

  • St. Mark's Catholic Primary School
  • Fir Avenue, Halewood, L26 0XR, United Kingdom
  • Tel: 0151-288-8910
  • St. Mark's Halewood