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St Thomas of Canterbury Ofsted

Date: 08/01/2008           Category: Learning and Achievement

Media invite: Wednesday, 9 January, 11am to 11.30am. St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, Romany Road, Gillingham. Children at a Gillingham school love attending their “good” school, inspectors have found. Ofsted inspectors noted that pupils at St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School flourish within a Christian ethos that promotes mutual respect, positive encouragement and care for each other. Parents are overwhelming supportive of the school and the experiences provided for their children. One parent summed up the feelings of many others by saying: “I am very pleased with how my children are progressing at school. They are both very happy and love going to school. I couldn’t ask for more.” The inspectors made their observations during an assessment of the school in Romany Road last November. They found teaching and learning to be good and pupils are making good progress and achieve well. Children make a good start when they join the Reception class, with staff effectively meeting their individual needs. They quickly settle into everyday school routines, growing in confidence and developing their skills in making choices for themselves. By the end of Year 6, pupils are achieving above average standards in English, mathematics and science. They know the importance of healthy eating and take regular exercise. Pupils demonstrate their good personal development in many aspects of school life. They behave well and are caring and considerate of others. They also contribute well to the wider community through the strong links with the church and singing at Medway Maritime Hospital and local care homes. Headteacher Alma Myatt provides a strong leadership and has a clear vision for school improvement in areas such as higher English, maths and science results. She said: “I am extremely proud of the staff and children at St Thomas’; it is like being part of one big family. It has always been a wonderful school and we are all working together to make it an even better place to be.” Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson, said: “'I'm delighted with this well deserved and very positive inspection report - children at St Thomas of Canterbury enjoy their school, do well and behave well and accept responsibility gladly. Good leadership and good staff teamwork school support children's learning and achievement.” Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks, said: “This is a very pleasing report. “It is encouraging to see that our children are doing well at St Thomas of Canterbury and enjoy coming to school. I am sure that the pupils and staff will continue to be a very successful group.” St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School teaches 259 pupils aged four to 11-years. The headteacher is Alma Myatt. The Ofsted inspection took place on 14 November, 2007.