The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

St William’s Catholic Primary: the School for High Flyers

Catholic values and the ‘high expectations’ of teachers at St William’s Catholic Primary School get children ‘off to a flying start’! So say the Ofsted inspectors in their report just released on the Bradford West school.

Judging the school as ‘GOOD’ in all areas, the inspectors highlighted the children’s hard work, their respectful behaviour and co-operation with staff and with one another, and their enthusiasm in both work and play.

Crediting school staff and leaders’ high level of support and encouragement, Ofsted inspectors made particular mention of the opportunities for leadership the pupils themselves are given. Children take pride in leading play, being school council representatives, and regularly organise events to support a range of charities.

The Ofsted Report was based on an inspection which took place last November and notes that: ‘Catholic values are at the heart of everything in the school. All staff promote love, respect and kindness. Pupils are well behaved. They develop empathy for one another. Older pupils often support and care for younger pupils. Pupils are happy. They are proud to be part of the St William’s community’.

St William’s Head Teacher, Fiona Parker, is equally proud of her staff and students and said: ‘Being judged ‘GOOD’ by Ofsted is a wonderful achievement for our school and parish community! We believe all children can succeed with the right support and thanks to all the governors’, staff, parents’ and pupils’ hard work and dedication, we make a strong team with an ambitious vision for the future.’