Ofsted Report April 2018

Below are the results of the latest Ofsted Section 8 report, which we have just received following our recent inspection on the 11th April.

We are very proud of the feedback from the inspection, in particular in confirming that:
‘St Kentigern’s continues to be good’.

All parents will have been sent a letter from the Headteacher and Chair of Governors confirming this, the text is below as well as links to the printed version of this page (the parent letter) and a link to our Ofsted Report.

Letter to Parents
Ofsted Report

Letter to Parents

This short inspection is designed to ensure that standards in the school have not in any way fallen since the last inspection in October 2014, and also seeks to identify further strengths. This inspection process is not designed to change the grading unless of course there were significant concerns.

On the day of the inspection, the inspector, HMI Elizabeth Stevens, worked alongside the leadership team for the whole day in evaluating current practice in the school.

We agreed three lines of enquiry:
How well children achieve in Reception – from their starting points children make good progress through the early years and they are well prepared for Year 1. Staff work well with nurseries and involve parents in their children’s learning;
How well pupils learn phonics – as a result of the actions taken, pupils’ attainment phonics has risen and pupils read with fluency and enjoyment;
Whether pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum – Through the rich curriculum at St Kentigern’s, including all the trips, visitors, music and sport, pupils develop their confidence and their skills across different subject areas.

In addition, the inspector interviewed children, listened to children read and spoke to governors, staff, the local authority and the diocese.
Ofsted also collated evidence from parents who completed the questionnaire.

We are very proud of the feedback from the inspection, in particular in confirming that:
‘St Kentigern’s continues to be good, it is a very welcoming and inclusive school with strong Christian values’;
‘Pupils care for others and follow the school’s motto to ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’, they behave well and contribute to society through work with charities and taking part in community and parish events’;
‘The governing body is ambitious to achieve the best for each and every pupil and have an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and areas for improvement’;
‘We have an enthusiastic staff team who are determined to let every pupil shine. Through a wide range of well-planned cultural experiences pupils’ confidence and skills are developed’
‘Pupils appreciate the many leadership roles available to them and they enjoy being involved in school decisions’;
‘Since the last inspection the quality of teaching has improved, across most subject areas, pupils make good progress. This is because teachers plan engaging and interesting lessons, which challenge pupils and match their learning needs;
‘Safeguarding arrangements are thorough, fit for purpose and of high quality. School is a safe and secure place in which children can learn, staff work closely with parents and other professionals to make sure that pupils are safe.’

We discussed with the inspector our current school improvement priority, which is writing and the impact of recent actions could be seen, it was agreed that the improvements need embedding to raise standards in every class.

Finally, the report is further recognition of the hard work and dedication from all the staff and governors in school, who strive to provide the best education for each and every pupil. I am sure you will join me in thanking them for all that they do in school and beyond the school day.

Yours sincerely
F. M. Wygladala M. Leyland
Headteacher Chair of Governors

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Y1 Bring Yer Wellies

Last Friday to round off their topic “Dinosaurs Planet”, we went to visit bring yer Wellies to learn all about fossils and giant prehistoric creatures (and a few small wriggly ones too).

Everyone had to root out their wellies, again, and we walked around discussing dinosaurs, constructing camps, wondering about worms and finding fossils.


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World Poetry Day 2017

National poetry Day – St Kentigern’s Poetry recital Assembly

28th September 2017

As National Poetry Day celebrates its 23rd year, we decided to share some poems in assembly.

National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. This year poetry campaigners are celebrating the theme of ‘freedom’ with events, workshops, and readings across the UK.

At St Kentigern’s  to celebrate world poetry day Mrs Jones and Mrs Harris ran a whole school assembly where pupils recited different poems. Each year group took part and gave a recital of different works including classics such as Shakespeare and Wordsworth to more contemporary poems about roller coasters.

Here are some clips of the poems read today in assembly.

Please continue to read poems in ERIC (everyone reading in Class) time. Can you learn your favourite poem off by heart?

For more information about world poetry day and more poems about ‘Freedom’ https://nationalpoetryday.co.uk/education/



Y5 also performed their poems in class using our greenscreen.









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Infant Christmas Play 2016

Yesterday morning/morning/afternoon/evening (!!!) the infants staged their Christmas play in Church. They all worked very hard all day remembering their lines and songs. Thank you to everyone for coming and supporting our children.


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Y1 Models of London Landmarks

During this halfterm Year1 have been learning about London in their topic. As well as classwork all about London, one of their learning tasks was to construct a model of something in London at home.

Today was the day for everyone to bring in their designs and show Mrs.Brooks and the rest of the class.

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Youth Games Week 2016

This week was Blackpool’s Youth Games week, where schools in Blackpool take part in various activities in and around Stanley Park.

The years were slightly mixed-up with teams coming from yeargroups next to each other, such as Y5&Y6 doing hockey together. There was the usual athletics in the stadium, various footballs on the astroturf -and hockey there too, bike skillz on the track and a (running) ‘Road Race’ that several of our classes took part in.

Thank you to our parents who came to support our Road-Race participants (and thankyou to Y4’s parents for some extra photos from ClassDojo).


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Y1 Bring Your Wellies

Today we got covered in mud. It was on purpose, but still muddy. Year1 got kitted up for an expedition to ‘Bring Your Wellies’ to investigate Dinosaurs and how we can discover information about them.

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Y1 Pancake Tuesday

Today was Shrove Tuesday, the day just before Ash Wednesday -the first day of Lent, which is celebrated in the U.K. by making pancakes to use up all the excess food we have before starting our Lenten-fasting.

So Year1 made pancakes and wrote down some instructions for other people to follow, in case they wanted to make some too.


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Y1 Visits the Fire Station

Year1’s topic this halfterm is ‘Heros’ and last Friday they went to meet some of our real-life heros who keep people safe -the FireFighters round the corner from school.

We had a talk from the Firemen, looked at the fire-engines and also had a go at sitting in the back of the cab


…they also all had a go at squirting the water-cannon.

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Y1 Cutting and Sticking

Today Year1 have been cutting and sticking things to make masks and pictures from several other pievecs of paper.


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