St. Francis Catholic Primary School, Nailsea, where ‘relationships are a real strength’ and ‘behaviour and attitudes to learning are good’ has been praised in a glowing report from the Catholic Schools Inspectorate.  The school, which is part of the Cardinal Newman Catholic Education Trust, was rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ leadership for Catholic life and mission and Collective Worship by the CSI following its recent inspection.

CSI lead inspector Dawn Summers Breeze said in her report: “Relationships are a strength of the school resulting in staff and pupils having a strong sense of belonging. This leads to a culture of welcome across the school, where all are valued. Providing food for families in need and reaching out to refugee families arriving in the area are examples of how the school goes the extra mile to support the most vulnerable locally. The school is a wonderfully stimulating Catholic environment with high quality displays including pupils’ work, for example, on pupil achievements, Catholic social teaching and school values.”

“Leaders show a clear commitment to the Catholic life and mission of the school and have ensured that the self-evaluation that is now in place is well-planned, rigorous and leads to astute and accurate priorities that enable progress.”

During the inspection, the inspectors visited classrooms and observed lessons and also talked to pupils, which is reflected in the report: “Behaviour is good across the school, and, as a result, pupils are able to work independently and concentrate well. They show great respect for each other and listen carefully to staff and others. Pupils are engaged and show clear enjoyment in most lessons. They are enthusiastic and value religious education … Some SEND pupils are making accelerated progress due to the support they receive.”

Staff show they are committed to the Catholic life of the school by embracing the school values and seeking to promote them at every opportunity. There is a strong sense of community where all look after each other and value the support they receive.  Staff are good role models.”

Executive Principal Samantha Land said: “We are so proud that St. Francis has been recognised for our strong culture of welcome and support at every level.  Our staff and pupils certainly live out our mission statement working together in Christ, putting excellence at the centre of all we do, each and every day.  We are fully supported in this by our wonderful parents and carers.”

This glowing inspection report, coupled with the school being ranked second for KS2 outcomes for last year, highlights its journey of rapid progress.