Catterick Garrison primary celebrates positive Ofsted report

Le Cateau pupils being marched out last year.

Pupils, staff and Governors at a Catterick Garrison primary school are celebrating after achieving an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ following a recent inspection.

Inspectors who visited Le Cateau Community Primary School said they were impressed by the inclusive nature and “family feel” in the school.

The team of inspectors complimented senior leaders about the focus of the school and there was praise for the pastoral support that pupils receive as well as the high academic expectations teachers and staff have for pupils.

Headteacher Ian Mottram said: “It was lovely to hear the inspection team talk about the special feeling that we have here at Le Cateau.

“This is something that we continually strive for and what makes us unique.

“Talking to the team, they were extremely complimentary about the pupils and could see how happy they are.

“They talked about the ‘buzz of learning’ created by teachers and staff across the school and the positive attitudes that were on display.

“To hear feedback about the way the pupils laugh, smile and get along well with each other is exactly what we knew they would see.”

The report concluded: “Positive relationships, respect and teamwork touch every part of this school and its community. Pupils are happy.

“They laugh, smile and get along well with each other. They understand that their school is quite unique. The majority of pupils come from military families.

“The huge range of national flags in the school entrance celebrates the diversity within the school. Many pupils speak languages other than English.”

However, inspectors said there were areas the school could improve.

The report stated: “Not all pupils are given reading books that match their reading knowledge.

“This means that some pupils struggle as they cannot read the words in their books and therefore cannot read fluently

Following a connection of more than 40 years with the school, the inspection was even sweeter for the outgoing chair of governors, Julie D’Arcy.

After the inspection, she handed over the role of chair.

She said: “Congratulations to Ian and the whole team at Le Cateau for this report.

“The positive feedback outlined in the report is a true testament to the hard work of the school’s staff, the pupils, the wider community and my fellow governors.

“I am delighted to end my time as chair with such a positive and well deserved report praising the hard work of everyone connected with the school. Le Cateau really is a very special place for so many people.”

The full report can be accessed here; https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/21/121338