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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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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Y2 Make a Mess

Year2’s topic this halfterm is Muck,Mess and Mixtures. Their introduction to the topic included making a mess of the hall’s floor, much to Mrs.Fiorello’s dismay along with MrD fearing for his iPads.

They investigated something sticky, something stretchy and (according to the videos) something stinky.


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Y2 Designing our own Rockpool Creatures

Innovate – designing of our own rockpool creatures

Year2 have been learning all about rockpool habitats and the creatures that live there. They have found out about how plants and animals are suited to rockpool life. This afternoon they designed and made their own rockpool creatures. They had to explain how their creatures were adapted to this harsh environment.


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Y2 Sorting Sea Shells

This afternoon Year 2 have been examining and sorting sea shells.After much discussion, we decided on groups and found that they could be classified as either bivalves or gastropods. We watched some amazing videos of them moving and then tried to identify the shells in class.


Some of the videos we watched included clams licking salt, flipping and swimming by pushing water out of them to push them forward.



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Y2 Castles and Catapults

This past halfterm Year2’s topic has been “Knights and Castles” and in DT they have made catapults out of lolly-sticks. In the afternoon they all got together and investigated how far each catapult could launch its (mini) cannonball.



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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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Year2’s Butterflies

This terms topic for Year2 is Wiggle&Crawl and as a result there have been lots of investigations (and infestations) into creepy-crawlies and slimy things. One of their activities has been to watch some caterpillars grow into butterflies.

The eggs were sent to school in a box, they hatched in a net enclosure. They then devoured the plants that were unlucky enough to be in with them and turned into a Chrysalis several days later. After that they emerged as butterflies and flew off into their enclosure again so the children could watch the butterflies interact with the flowers in their vicinity.

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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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Y2’s Fishy Morning

This morning Year2 went to the Sea-Life Center in Blackpool to look at all of the fish in advance of their topic next term.


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