St Peter’s Shines in Recent Ofsted Inspection


Reading, maths and highly inclusive culture praised by Ofsted inspectors.

Impact of new library recognised by Ofsted inspectors.

Following a visit by Ofsted on 12 and 13 March 2024, St Peter’s CE Primary School, which is part of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust, is judged to be ‘Good’ by inspectors.

The report celebrates St Peter’s as a ‘welcoming and friendly school’ where children are taught, ‘an ambitious curriculum’ and, ‘enjoy their learning and achieve well.’

Inspectors found the work of the school to be of a consistently high standard. They noted the skill that teachers use to adapt lessons to provide effective support for all children including those with additional needs and those for whom English is an additional language.

Inspectors commented that children, ‘talk with maturity about a range of issues’, ‘show empathy and care for each other’ and that there is, ‘a range of opportunities for children to develop their talents and interests’.

Mr Paul Griffiths, Headteacher at St Peter’s CE Primary School, said;

‘It is privilege to lead a wonderful team of dedicated and hardworking professionals who work tirelessly to provide the very best for children and their families. I am immensely grateful to the whole staff team for all they do. As a school we are very fortunate to have a hugely supportive parent body and wonderful children who help to make St Peter’s a very special place. We look forward to building on the many positives from the recent inspection to continue to improve our facilities and provision for the benefit of all.’

Inspectors looked in detail at the way the school delivers its curriculum and teaches reading, mathematics and foundation subjects including History. Inspectors concluded that the work the school has completed on its ambitious curriculum has,

 ‘had a positive impact in many subjects’. For example, inspectors praised the maths curriculum for being  ‘well planned and sequenced.’ They found that, ‘pupils benefit from a structured approach to lessons’ and have opportunities to revisit prior learning and to build on this with new knowledge.’

Inspectors also noted, reading is taught consistently well and that ‘pupils soon become competent readers’, they are ‘positive about reading’ and ‘proud of their new school library which is very well stocked.’

Inspectors praised provision for children with additional needs as well as the personal development of all children stating that,

‘Pupils in Year 6 help to look after pupils in The Nest. This is the school’s quiet space where pupils can go if they have any worries or concerns. The school has created a highly inclusive culture. Pupils are very respectful of difference.’

The Improved Nest Design

Building on the many positive comments in relation to supporting children’s personal development the school has ambitious plans to further develop its nurture space known as ‘The Nest’. The school is currently completing grant applications to help fund this project and would love to hear from any local businesses or individuals that would like to help support this project.

St Peter’s is a proud member of Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust and works closely with the trust team to provide an education which is ambitious for every child while being a great place for staff to work.

Jane Goodwin CEO at Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust commented;

‘This Ofsted outcome is welcomed by the School and the Trust as a representation of the fantastic School that St Peter’s is. As a happy and caring environment where everyone works hard together, all children enjoy and benefit from the quality of learning and wider experiences that staff create for them. St Peter’s is a shining example of a Yorkshire Causeway school, and I am hugely proud of their achievements.’

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