King’s Lynn school praised by inspectors

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A school where there are 16 languages spoken by pupils has been praised by inspectors for the quality of the education it is offering.

Ofsted has written to Aidan McGovern, head of St Martha’s Catholic Primary School in Field Lane, Gaywood, to say the school continues to be classed as “good”.

The report by Tim Bristow said: “You lead a school where the inclusion of all pupils is at the heart of the vision shared by you, staff and governors.

“Given that the majority of the pupils come from a number of minority ethnic backgrounds and that 16 languages are spoken in the school, you and your team do this very well.

“As one pupil reported very eloquently, ‘Having a multicultural school is not a potential source of conflict, it is something to be celebrated’.

“This is evident in the behaviour of all pupils. For example, in a writing lesson, a pupil confidently read out a poem that she had just written in Polish.

“After reading the poem in Polish, she then read it again, translating it fluently into English.

“This was very well received by the pupils and adults in the classroom.

“At the last inspection, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils was judged to be outstanding.

“You have maintained this aspect as a very strong feature of the school.”

The inspector also said he found that pupils told him that they very much enjoyed coming to school because of the “enriched curriculum that gives pupils many sporting, artistic and performance opportunities”.

He said: “Praise from parents who responded to the online questionnaire included appreciative comments about the many exciting opportunities that the school offers their children.

“I spoke to pupils who were very enthusiastic about the public speaking competition that they were preparing for. On the day of the inspection, it was World Book Day.

“The enthusiasm for reading from pupils and adults in assembly was infectious.”

Mr Bristow said a planned move to new buildings in September, while exciting, was causing some frustrations for pupils currently as building work takes place.

But, at a school where a significant proportion of the staff are new to the profession, standards were being maintained.