St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Park Road, Smethwick

Inspections

Our school was last inspected by Ofsted in March 2019 when we were delighted to be judged an outstanding school.

There are many positive comments in the report, including:

  • Senior and middle leaders have established an infectious culture of high aspiration for all pupils. Their work to improve the school is restless, relentless and reflective.
  • A rich and interesting curriculum, coupled with highly effective teaching, helps pupils to develop a real love of learning.
  • Pupils’ learning is usually outstanding. Pupils work very hard and with great enthusiasm. Nearly all pupils take huge pride in their work. They work quickly, neatly and with evident enjoyment. Their exemplary attitudes to learning help them make the most of all opportunities in lessons. They are courteous, kind and thoughtful. Their movement around the school is exemplary. Pupils enjoy school and the exciting opportunities it brings.
  • The headteacher and other leaders are unremitting in their pursuit of high standards. Although they know that the school has many strengths, they are uncompromising in identifying those areas that could be better still.
  • Many pupils achieve outstandingly well in the foundation subjects. A strong focus on teaching subject-specific knowledge helps pupils to learn and grasp detailed ideas and information in a thorough way.
  • The school’s work to promote pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding. Leaders and other staff take great care to promote pupils’ personal development and well-being. Staff know individual pupils very well. They provide very high levels of care and personal support.

The full report can be read below:

Parent View

You can now share your views on our school via Ofsted's Parent View website. By sharing your views, Ofsted hopes you'll be helping the school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about us.

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RE Inspection

The school was inspected by the Diocesan RE department in July 2018, which judged that Catholic Life and RE continue to be outstanding at our school.

Here are some of the key phrases from the report:

  • The school has a welcoming and engaging environment. Senior leaders and staff have worked hard to ensure that the Catholicity of the school is at the heart of that environment and all changes or improvements stem from it.
  • Pupils are respectful and show high levels of reverence during a variety of liturgies and Collective Worship, Class prayer times are a strength of the school and outstanding examples were observed during the inspection.
  • Behaviour is outstanding and pupils’ value and respect themselves and each other as equals. They feel they are always listened to and that staff will deal fairly with any problems or challenges that arise.
  • Pupils believe they are called to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to care for others. They demonstrate this generosity by planning and engaging in a variety of fundraising activities for charities such as The Good Shepherd Appeal, Children in Need and Brain Tumour Research.
  • The headteacher, senior leaders and governors provide excellent role models. They lead the school with commitment and have high expectations of pupils, staff and themselves.

The full report can be read below: