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North City News: School gets good report; SUTTON COLDFIELD: Primary is judged 'outstanding'.

Byline: By Tony Collins

SCHOOL inspectors have agreed with parents by describing a "popular and oversubscribed" primary in Sutton Coldfield as outstanding.

Pupils at St Nicholas Catholic Primary, in Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield, are extremely well cared for and achieve very highly, education watchdogs Ofsted reveal in their report.

Inspectors who visited the 210-pupil school in March concluded: "This is an outstanding school.

"Pupils really enjoy coming to school, their behaviour and attitudes to learning are exemplary, and these aspects of personal development contribute significantly to their achievements."

Ofsted said good provision in the reception class meant children get off to a solid start in their learning from above-average starting points.

By the time they reach their first year, they are exceeding the expected levels for their age, and when they leave school at 11 they consistently reach exceptionally high standards.

The report said all groups of pupils make outstanding progress because teaching is consistently at least good, and often exemplary.

Work is very well matched to pupils' individual needs and teachers ensure the support and guidance they give helps pupils to know exactly what to do next to improve. But inspectors pointed out that whilst the curriculum is good and supports learning well, pupils' problem-solving skills in maths have been identified as an area to develop further.

Leadership and management of the school are described as excellent.

Head teacher Margaret McConnell, all senior managers and governors in the school contribute to the school's success in the way they promote high standards and achievement, Ofsted added.

Inspectors said they have an extremely good understanding of their own strengths and what they need to do next to improve.

As a result the school has made good progress since the last inspection.
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