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What HMIE said

HMIe stands for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education.

In May 2008, HMIe visited St. John Paul II Primary School for one week. We were very proud of our the report we received and the inspectors were very complimentary! Here are just some of their comments…

“Classroom Assistants, Additional Support Needs Assistants and the Additional Support Needs Teacher worked effectively with Class Teachers to help maximise pupil progress.”

“The overall quality of pupils’ attainment in English Language was very good. Their attainment in reading and writing has improved significantly over the last two years.”

“Teachers and support staff, including clerical staff, worked hard to provide a welcoming and caring environment for all pupils.”

“The school has made important progress in encouraging parental involvement in children’s learning and in supporting the work of the school.”

“The overall quality of pupils’ attainment in mathematics was very good.”

“Staff morale was high and teamwork was strong.  Pupil and staff relationships were very positive.  Staff set high expectations of pupils’ attendance, behaviour and achievement.”

“Pupils behaved very well and were courteous to other children, staff and visitors.”

“The Parent Council took a supportive interest in the school’s work.  The PTA played important roles in encouraging a sense of community through its social programme and fundraising.  The school related closely to the adjoining Laburnum Nursery Centre and other schools in the cluster, often offering its attractive facilities to host join events.”

HMIe identified the following key strengths:

  • Outstanding leadership from the head teacher in merging two former schools.
  • Commendable improvements in the school’s performance in recent years.
  • High quality care and welfare arrangements.
  • Strong improving partnerships with parents.
  • Staff’s commitment to self-evaluation and continuing improvement.

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