Ofsted Report March 2017
This school continues to be good.
The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last
inspection. You are ambitious for your school and have developed a team of staff who share your
vision to ensure that teaching excites and challenges pupils in all areas of the curriculum. You are well
supported by a strong governing body who know the school well and who have the skills they need to
hold you to account. The vast majority of parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school and
recognise your pivotal role in shaping the school’s success. One parent’s comment reflected the views
expressed by others in Ofsted’s online survey: ‘The teaching team are always willing to go the extra
mile and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this school to other parents.’
Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. During the inspection, when I visited Year 6, I could have heard a pin
drop, such was the level of concentration as they wrote their articles about the discovery of ‘Skellig’.
This typifies pupils’ exceptionally strong attitudes to learning across the school. Your work to improve
pupils’ handwriting has paid off and they take great care in presenting their work well. Pupils proudly
informed me that, at St Philip Neri, ‘no-one is left out’ and that kindness is a quality they prize.