Here's how this primary school kept its Ofsted rating

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in Carisbrooke. Picture by Google Maps. <i>(Image: IWCP)</i>
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School in Carisbrooke. Picture by Google Maps. (Image: IWCP)

An Isle of Wight primary school is still 'good' in the eyes of Ofsted, following an inspection earlier this year.

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, in Carisbrooke, was visited by the education watchdog before the school broke up for its summer holiday.

The report has just been published.

Inspectors found pupils were engaged and eager to participate and were thriving in the school's caring and nurturing environment.

Meanwhile, the report said the school could improve on reading, understanding modern Britain and adapting tasks for those who have barriers to their learning.

The areas for improvement had already been identified in the school's plan, executive headteacher Maggie Sanderson said, and progress was being made.

In its report, Ofsted said pupils feel safe and know someone is able to listen and help.

Leaders and governors are highly ambitious for all pupils, including those with special educational needs.

However, in some subjects teachers do not always adapt tasks as well as they could, to support the learning of those with barriers, but training is being offered to help.

Reading is a high priority and leaders have made significant changes to the way it is taught, Ofsted said.

Leaders know not all pupils are reading as fluently as they could, as the improvements are not yet fully embedded.

Inspectors also said some pupils' understanding of fundamental British values and of other cultures and religions is not well developed.

This means, Ofsted said, some pupils are not well enough prepared for life in the wider world and modern Britain.

Overall, inspectors said teachers help pupils build their knowledge and skills securely and can quickly spot pupils who are struggling.

The curriculum has been carefully considered, and is engaging, broad and ambitious, the report said.

Executive Head, Mrs Sanderson, said the report captures her school's positive and warm environment and reflects the strengths of a hard-working learning team, and she praised students for being 'wonderful ambassadors'.

Mrs Sanderson said: "The school community will continue to strive forward so St Thomas' children leave ready to be worldwide citizens, ambitious and caring."