This is the summary page from our current Ofsted Report (November 2014)

Overall effectiveness Good 2
Leadership and management Good 2
Behaviour and safety of pupils Good 2
Quality of teaching Good 2
Achievement of pupils Good 2
Early years provision Good 2


Summary of key findings for parents and pupils 

This is a good school.

  • Pupils’ achievement, the quality of teaching and leadership and management have improved since the previous inspection. As a result St Blaise is now a good school.
  • The headteacher checks on the quality of teaching effectively and provides good advice to help teachers improve.
  • The governing body questions the headteacher thoroughly about the quality of teaching and the progress that pupils make.
  • The quality of teaching is good. Teachers typically plan activities well to meet the different abilities and ages of pupils taught in the same classes.
  • Teachers mark pupils’ work well and give good guidance to pupils about how to improve their work.
  • Overall, pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics across Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • Teaching in the early years provision is good. Children make good progress in their learning.
  • Pupils’ behaviour is good. They are normally polite to each other and staff.
  • Pupils say they feel safe in school and that there is very little bullying.
  • The school works well to help pupils keep themselves safe. For example, pupils have talks from the local police about how to stay safe if they are playing outdoors.

It is not yet an outstanding school because

  • The most-able pupils do not progress as fast in mathematics in Key Stage 2 as they do in reading and writing.
  • The questions that teachers ask sometimes do not fully extend pupils’ thinking and vocabulary.
  • Middle leaders do not consistently observe the quality of teaching in different subjects to give advice to teachers on how to improve.