St Joseph's Catholic Infant School
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Mitchell Street
Chester le Street

School Description

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. Your strong leadership and management have ensured that the recommendations from the previous inspection have been swiftly acted upon, for example in the teaching of phonics. As you approach your retirement, you and the governors have put in place clear succession planning to ensure that any effect on the school is as minimal as possible. You have high aspirations for the staff and the pupils in your care. You have effectively managed the high turnover of teaching staff since the last inspection. Staff feel respected and valued. As you say, ‘A happy teacher means a happy child.’ By providing opportunities for reflection and enabling staff to progress their careers through access to professional courses, you have secured this. You and the staff have built strong relationships with parents. Your provision of good-quality family learning sessions, early-bird reading sessions, progress review meetings every half term and formal parent evenings twice a year ensures that parents and carers have every opportunity to be involved in their children’s learning. Therefore, pupils are happy, confident learners. As a small school, you have efficiently used the skills across the Gateshead Catholic Primary Partnership while developing a skills-based curriculum. You then extended this through involvement in the wider community alongside visits further afield, for example the locally-based Thought Foundation Arts project or the community-led initiative of cycling to work, as well as trips to an outdoor local heritage museum and the beach. Your support for pupils’ physical and mental health is strong. Through after-school sports clubs, weekly swimming and the brain gym, pupils are active every day.

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This school is an academy and does not conform to the general school admission criteria set down by the Local Education Authority.