St John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Pinner has recently achieved the prestigious ‘Outstanding’ rating following an Ofsted inspection conducted on December 5 and 6, 2023.
The school, based on Melrose Road and under the leadership of Headteacher Nina Pignatiello, has been commended for its exceptional performance across all evaluated aspects, including overall effectiveness, quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and early years provision.
“Pupils flourish here. They are happy and kept safe,” states the Ofsted report, noting the positive impact of a supportive adult presence and exemplary behavior, creating a conducive learning environment.
The comprehensive curriculum, described as “broad and ambitious,” aims to cater to the diverse needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). According to Ofsted, pupils are not only enthusiastic but also independent and resilient, producing high-quality work across various subjects and being well-prepared for their future educational endeavors.
The emphasis on reading is notable, with the report stating, “A love of reading is evident across the school.” The meticulous attention to phonics programs and early reading provision is recognized, ensuring that pupils become fluent readers quickly.
The report further highlights the school’s commitment to developing pupils’ oracy from Reception Year onwards. Pupils are taught vital subject vocabulary, enhancing their ability to communicate effectively and maturely, positively impacting their behaviour.
“The calm, friendly, and respectful atmosphere they experience at the school” is appreciated by pupils, contributing to an environment where learning is focused, and disruption to lessons is rare.
The report continues, “The curriculum is ambitious, and oversight is robust, contributing to strong outcomes at the end of key stages 1 and 2.”
It also highlights the wide range of activities the school promotes, “Provision for pupils’ personal development is exceptional. A wide variety of enrichment activities are available, such as football, street dance, Irish dancing and mindfulness. The curriculum has been designed to help pupils learn about important topics to prepare them for their future lives. High importance is placed on respecting diversity and equality of opportunity. During physical education (PE), for example, all pupils are given the opportunity to attend sporting tournaments.”
Leadership and management, from governance to staff support, are hailed for their commitment to ongoing school improvement. “Staff are overwhelmingly positive about leaders’ support for their workload and well-being. They say they feel listened to and valued,” it states.
Commenting on the achievement, Headteacher at St John Fisher, Nina Pignatiello, said, “I am delighted to share the very positive feedback from our recent Ofsted inspection. I am extremely proud that the hard work, commitment and passion of staff, governors, trustees and most importantly our incredible children, has been officially recognised. The overwhelming support of parents mustn’t go unmentioned. Our school is a place where pupils flourish, experiencing happiness and safety. Exceptional behaviour, driven by a focus on self-control and resilience, contributes to a calm and respectful atmosphere allowing pupils to excel.
“We offer a broad and ambitious curriculum to all pupils, which is underpinned by rich experiences. This was recognised when we became a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion in November 2023. We prepare pupils for the future stages of their education and life, this is evident in our excellent academic outcomes and commitment to developing the whole child emotionally and spiritually.”