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School Report

2nd of April 2001

The last few months have been busy and eventful at St. Pauls. Notably, the school was inspected by OFSTED in November, exactly 4 years after the previous inspection. The team of inspectors was with us for 4 days and they looked at every aspect of the life of the school, with the exception of Religious Eduction which was inspected separately as we are a Church school.

We were all very pleased with the outcome of both inspections, as well as being very relieved when they were finally over! Inspections are difficult periods for any school but we were delighted that so many strengths of the school were identified and valued. Of course, the process is all about school improvement and the team also identified some issues that we have been asked to address in the coming months and years in order to further build upon the success of St. Pauls. Work is already well under way in the form of an Action Plan.

In all, over 50 lessons were observed during the inspection and it is a credit to the staff that none of these was judged to be unsatisfactory. This, we were told, is quite rare. (We feel that there are many rare and unique qualities of St. Pauls, but then we are probably biased!) We were also pleased that the team recognised the strength of the links between the school, the Church and the community. This is a feature of the school that we value greatly and we continually seek ways to maintain and develop this.

You may remember that we said goodbye to Mrs Christine Jenkins, our Deputy Headteacher, before the summer holiday. Mrs Jenkins left to start a family and we miss her very much. However, we are now in the process of finding a new Deputy Headteacher. We recently interviewed for this position but sadly we did not appoint. We intent to interview again shortly after Easter and we all hope that we are successful then. Watch this space. In the weeks preceding the February half-term, I welcomed a large number of prospective parents to the school, all interested in applying for a nursery place for their child. It is good to know that so many families wish to send their children to St. Pauls and to know that the school is held in such high regard by so many. We very much hope that we can offer them all places and look forward to welcoming them into the school community.
With so many events planned for the coming weeks in school, including a book week, our Mothers Day Assembly and an Easter Egg Hunt, I look forward to writing again soon with news of these.
Lyndon Evans, Headteacher

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