Our Lady’s is an outstanding Catholic school. It is a warm, welcoming school with an ethos deeply rooted in Gospel Values. The distinct Catholic identity is evident in the displays throughout the school and the many opportunities for prayer. Relationships between staff, governors, parents and pupils create a confident, secure and nurturing community. Pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding.
The extent to which pupils contribute to and benefit from the Catholic life of the school is outstanding. The Mission Statement is central to the life of the community. Pupils have written their own class mission statements to show their understanding of how it can be lived by them. A distinctive Catholic ethos permeates every aspect of daily school life. Relationships are excellent. One pupil said “We do not just care about others. We pray about them to God.” Children demonstrate a good understanding of the consequences of their behaviour and actions. Behaviour is exemplary and is regularly rewarded. Most pupils resolve conflicts quickly and show respect for each other. Pupils are excellent ambassadors for the school.
Inspectors recognised the many strengths of the school, including the consistently high standards achieved at the end of both key stage 1 and key stage 2 and pupils’ good attitudes to learning.
Leaders have ensured that teachers have high expectations and, as a result, pupils’ outcomes, including at higher levels, in reading and mathematics are consistently above those seen in other schools at the end of both key stages.
There is a very strong and consistent focus on Christian values. Pupils show respect for others and work in harmony. Diversity is celebrated and all members of the community are valued, cared for and supported.