Former failing school is hailed as national example

Kirsty Haw, executive headteacher at both Merton Bank and St Mary's and St Thomas's CE primary schools
Kirsty Haw, executive headteacher at both Merton Bank and St Mary's and St Thomas's CE primary schools

A SCHOOL which has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past few years has been hailed again by national inspectors.

Merton Bank Primary School, St Helens, which achieved the top inspection grade of outstanding in July, is cited as an example of excellence in education inspectorate Ofsted’s annual report.

Ofsted Inspector Diane Auton said: “This is an outstanding school. Very high quality teaching combined with the energy, skills, commitment and teamwork of effective practitioners has resulted in rapid improvement over the two years since the last inspection.

“All aspects of provision are now of outstanding quality and outcomes for pupils are excellent. Older pupils understand how much the school has improved. They are very proud of this and are highly motivated to continue to do well.”

Other areas singled out for praise included the outstanding Early Years Foundation Stage which enables pupils to make good progress in Key Stages 1 and 2.

There is also extremely effective support for pupils who have special needs and procedures for safeguarding pupils were also described as outstanding.

Behaviour is described as exemplary and the quality of teaching is outstanding with a vibrant and creative curriculum.

Also highlighted was the spirit of the school in which older pupils acted as buddies to younger ones and the community atmosphere of Merton Bank.

Executive headteacher Kirsty Haw said: “Everyone involved with both schools was thrilled. It is testament to the hard work and tireless commitment of all staff, who will stop at nothing to ensure the best education for all.”