St Anthony’s Primary School is still Outstanding

In a report published yesterday (6 March 2024) St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Beeston has been judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted inpectors.

The inspection took place on 22 and 23 November 2023 and 25 January 2024. Inspectors found The quality of education, Behaviour and attitudes, Personal development and Leadership and management to be Outstanding; and Early Years Provision to be Good. The school was judged to be Outstanding overall. At its previous inspection in 2010 it was also hudged to be Outstanding.

Lisa Leonard, the school’s headteacher and a former pupil at the school, commented:

“The Ofsted report is overwhelmingly positive regarding all aspects of school life, reflecting a unique ‘school family which sits at the heart of their local community’. It rightly recognised the ‘excellent relationships with pupils and their families from their earliest starting points in Reception.’ Our children were rightly praised for their exemplary behaviour, their high levels of respect for each other, their politeness and their love of learning. I am delighted that this was recognised as our children really are a unique blessing to us.”

The Ofsted report went on to recognise the school’s “high expectations of behaviour and attitudes” as well as its “high ambition” within a “robust and purposeful curriculum”. There was also praise for St Anthony’s committed governing body, staff team and strong leaders. Inspectors said:

“Leaders work as ‘ambassadors for learning’ in order to raise the importance of education across the whole school community and improve the life chances of pupils who attend St Anthony’s.”

Lisa Leonard concluded:

“You have my word that we will celebrate this wonderful achievement, and never become complacent. We will continue to have the highest ambition and expectation for every child at St Anthony’s. What an achievement for our amazing St Anthony’s team!”

You can read the full report here.

Two Reception pupils who were delighted with the outcome


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