Best in Education: School of the Year - St Thomas of Canterbury

School of the Year - St Thomas of Canterbury
School of the Year - St Thomas of Canterbury
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There were plenty of reasons for celebrations earlier this year when St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary received one of the best Ofsted reports seen in some time.

But now the Meadowhead school is on top of the world again after being named Best School at the Star Best in Education awards.

It means the primary picked up three of the main prizes all in the space of 10 breathless minutes.

Inspectors said every key aspect of the school was found to be outstanding, and said youngsters’ attitudes to learning were ‘often impeccable’.

But headteacher Andy Truby isn’t content to stop there - he says he wants St Thomas to be ‘the best school in the world’.

Senior staff member Sarah Lambert said Andy always seemed to have time for everyone and had made a massive impact in his five years at the school.

“It was a very special report for us because it also recognised the special culture of the school which is partly based on its Catholic ethos,” she said.

“But we all want to be even better and the next stage for us is to become a world class school - we want to be leaders and show other schools in this city and elsewhere what we do.

“We want to explain our good practice to others and say to other schools that ‘you can do the same’.”

Sarah said she was confident that high standards could be maintained but the school was always looking to take the next steps onwards.

“It will be five years or even more before our next inspection so we are sure we can make more positive progress before then,” Sarah added.

The inspection also praised the school’s innovative curriculum, which valued inquiry-based learning, investigation and exploration.

Mr Truby said: “We have worked relentlessly for the inspection verdict for many years.

“The school has a real family feeling about it and a powerful Catholic ethos which can be felt as soon as you walk through the doors.”

Runner-up in the category was Waterthorpe Nursery Infants.

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