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Primary school in Harrow rated ‘Outstanding’

St Anselm’s Catholic Primary School in Roxborough Park, Harrow, has once again been awarded an ‘Outstanding’ overall effectiveness rating by Ofsted on their recent visit on February 20 and 21.

This follows a history of outstanding performance, continuing from their last inspection under section 5 of the Education Act 2005, which also received a top rating.

Describing the environment at St Anselm’s, the Ofsted report highlights a community where “everyone is valued,” and pupils are “incredibly kind and polite towards each other.”

The report noted the school’s commitment to teaching the importance of respect and ‘learning together,’ which is seamlessly integrated into all aspects of school life.

Pupils at St Anselm’s enjoy a sense of security and happiness, attributed to the school’s nurturing approach and the engaging, fun nature of its learning activities.

“Pupils feel safe here,” the report notes, adding that there are “five adults who will listen and help them if they have a worry.”

The mutual respect and positive relationships between staff and pupils further enrich the school’s supportive atmosphere.

The exemplary behaviour and high achievement of pupils across a range of subjects are noted as products of the school’s high expectations. The report also praises the school’s efforts to maintain high attendance rates.

St Anselm’s offers opportunities for pupil engagement and responsibility, from lunchtime monitors to activities like choir performances at locations such as Cambridge University and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The inspectors were particularly impressed with the school’s meticulously planned curriculum, which ensures that students build detailed knowledge across various subjects.

The emphasis on reading from an early stage, coupled with regular visits to the school library and interactions with authors, cultivates a culture of reading for pleasure.

The school’s inclusive approach ensures that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well-supported, enabling them to achieve well.

“Pupils across the school are highly motivated and show excellent attitudes to their learning.

“Pupils are well-behaved during lessons and social times. Routines are firmly established, starting from the early years. Learning is not interrupted by inappropriate behaviour.” The report states.

It continues, “Leaders provide opportunities for pupils to debate and consider the views of others.

“For example, pupils discuss whether possessions are more important than people. They also debate, according to science and religion, how creation occurred. These experiences help pupils to develop their own ideas and share their opinions.

“Pupils have been taught that families may look different.

“They also learn about protected characteristics and consent in an age-appropriate manner. Pupils are taught about the possible risks they may encounter both within and beyond the school. They know how to stay safe online, for example, not to share personal information when online.”

The report concludes with praise for the school’s governance and the effective safeguarding arrangements in place, ensuring a safe learning environment for all students.