Key Headlines From Report
This inspection found that the current quality of teaching is effective, academic standards are above average and pupils feel safe, happy and behave well at school.
Parents, many of whom travel some distance to bring their children to the school, speak positively about its caring ethos, the approachability of staff and the quality of education provided. Of the parents who responded to Ofsted’s online questionnaire, Parent View, 100% would recommend the school to other parents.
Safeguarding arrangements are fit for purpose. Staff understand exactly what to do if they have a concern about a child. My checks on your procedures found that when concerns have arisen, you and your staff have acted swiftly.
Disadvantaged pupils often achieve highly at St Matthew’s Church of England Academy. In recent years, these pupils have made better progress and reached higher standards than other pupils nationally.
Governors have embraced the school’s conversion to academy status and value the support and input provided by the academy trust.
Pupils’ behaviour is a strength of the school. Good conduct and polite manners are the norm and poor behaviour is rare. Older pupils instinctively care for younger pupils; looking out for them on the playground, serving break time snacks and organising games. No one is left out or made to feel uncomfortable, and any upsets that do occur are sorted out quickly. Pupils and their parents express high levels of confidence in the level of care provided.