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St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Belmont rated ‘Good’ in latest Ofsted report

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Belmont Circle, Harrow, received a ‘Good’ overall rating from Ofsted following an inspection on 12 and 13 March earlier this year.

The school achieved ‘Outstanding’ in both ‘Behaviour and Attitudes’ and ‘Personal Development,’ reflecting the positive environment and strong ethos of respect and kindness within the school community.

The headteacher, Christopher Briggs, oversees the school, which is part of the Blessed Holy Family Catholic Academy Trust. The Trust is managed by CEO Geraldine Higgins and a board of trustees chaired by Jim Coyle.

Inspectors noted that the school had not been previously inspected under section 5 of the Education Act 2005 due to a legal exemption that lasted until November 2020. The judgements are based on the current inspection framework and consider changes since the last inspection of the predecessor school.

The report highlights that “this is a warm and welcoming school,” where pupils are enthusiastic about attending and learning. Leadership opportunities abound for students, including roles in the school council and charity work, contributing to exemplary behaviour and high attendance.

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The report states, “Pupils come to school enthusiastically and learn well. Parents and carers speak highly of the school and believe it provides a nurturing environment. Pupils are proud of their school community and an ethos of respect and kindness is strongly evident.”

The school offers a wide range of enrichment activities and clubs, such as chess, newspaper club, sports, and choir. Pupils participate in singing assemblies, ‘poetry slams,’ and sessions with authors and guest speakers, enhancing their learning experiences.

The curriculum is described as ambitious, with leaders ensuring it builds pupils’ knowledge over time. It is noted that “leaders have thought carefully about what knowledge needs to be taught, practised and revisited.” The school is particularly committed to supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), ensuring they progress well alongside their peers.

Reading is a focal point, with a well-structured phonics programme and strategies to close the reading gap between boys and girls. Teachers are praised for their subject expertise and high expectations, fostering a culture of enquiry and deep thinking among pupils.

Personal development at the school is rated as ‘Outstanding,’ with a variety of activities enhancing pupils’ cultural capital and learning experiences. Examples include learning multiple musical instruments, author visits, and community service projects like crocheting blankets for premature babies and raising funds for a local hospice.

Staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School feel valued and supported, benefiting from good quality professional development. The school’s leadership, including governors, is dedicated to continual improvement and fostering a strong community.

The report confirms that “the arrangements for safeguarding are effective”.

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