Strong moral and educational base at Catholic primary school in Hillmorton

The English Martys Catholic School, High Street, Hillmorton, was recently awarded a good 'Ofsted' report.
The English Martys Catholic School, High Street, Hillmorton, was recently awarded a good 'Ofsted' report.

A PRIMARY school in Hillmorton has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted inspectors.

English Martyrs Catholic Primary School was also described as having many ‘outstanding’ features in the report.

Ofsted said children made good progress and praised the fact that high standards are maintained.

Inspectors remarked that they were impressed with the behaviour and manners of pupils, the way they helped and cared for each other and their dedication to helping others outside the school.

The report noted children have an excellent knowledge of how to keep safe and healthy and they have a keen sense of ‘right and wrong’.

It said: “Positive relationships are the hallmark of every classroom and this results in pupils having an excellent attitude towards their school work’.

Stuart Hallahan, headteacher of the school, which is in High Street, said: “We are very pleased with the Ofsted report.

“It said overall attainment of pupils is high by the time they leave the school and this has improved since the previous inspection.”

He said it was pleasing that the children’s behaviour was described as ‘outstanding’.

“It also said pupils enjoy school and this was reflected in their high levels of attendance,” said Mr Hallahan.

The curriculum is supported well through a wide variety of enrichment activities, including visits out and special visits to the school.

Workshops are organised for pupil who are gifted and talented in particular areas and the curriculum is modified to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

But the report said teaching assistants are not always deployed well enough to support pupils who may be at risk of underachievement. It added that those teaching assistant who provide individual support for pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities are very effective in helping them to make good progress.