Staff, pupils and parents at St Paul’s Catholic Primary School are celebrating after again being rated a good school by Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the Paulsgrove school on 21 and 22 November 2023 and found that children ‘thrive’ and are ‘happy and proud to be members of this vibrant school’.

The Ofsted report, just published, said pupils ‘value the diverse school community’ and are ‘curious to learn about each other’s different backgrounds’.

“Pupils talk about the school being ‘a family’ where everyone is accepted,” it said.

“Pupils respond positively to the school’s high ambitions. They work hard in lessons and respond with determination when they find learning tricky.”

The report also said: “Staff know pupils well. Pupils thrive in the school’s open culture, where they find staff are always approachable.”

The report praised the way the school teach a ‘broad and ambitious’ curriculum and make adaptions for children with additional needs, and the way leaders ‘work passionately and diligently to further improve the school.”

Headteacher Zoe Killick said:

“The leadership team are truly delighted that the hard work, dedication and commitment undertaken by all the St Paul’s staff, children and community has been recognised. 

“The report highlights the many elements of effective provision at our school and nursery and most importantly the children who are happy and proud to be part of this school.

“We are particularly pleased that Ofsted recognised the journey of improvements made at St Paul’s since Covid-19, and we would like to thank the parents and carers who have supported the school during this time and continue to do so.”

84% of Portsmouth schools rated good or outstanding

St Paul’s, which was rated good at its previous inspection in 2018, is one of 18 schools maintained by Portsmouth City Council.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Education, said:

“Congratulations to St Paul’s on their latest good Ofsted rating. It’s clear from the report that this is an extremely happy school, where children are supported to develop and thrive.

“Across Portsmouth, 84%* of schools are currently rated good or outstanding by Ofsted, and 80% of all Portsmouth pupils attend good or outstanding schools. That’s down to excellent teaching and leadership, and this council will continue to support every school to be places where our children flourish.”

Three other Portsmouth schools – King’s Group Academy, New Horizon’s Primary, and Stamshaw Infant Academy – have all also recently been rated good by Ofsted.

*Ofsted statistics correct as of 12 January 2024.

Pictured are head Zoe Killick with a group of St Paul’s pupils. Credit: The News.