Thursday, 30 September 2010


I moved on to visit St Theresa's Catholic Primary School...

John Hutchinson, the headteacher and his strong senior leadership team are driving school improvement and achieving some impressive results particularly with their boys. It was great to talk to John whose energy, expertise and experience is making a real difference at St Theresa's. It was also good to see the transformation of the school chapel  which is now a wonderful centre for spiritual development for the school and its community. While John was teaching, I was given a guided tour of the school by Francesca and Ciaran, two of John's wonderful Year 6 students, who were confident, articulate and both fantastic adverts for the school.

It was great to meet some of John's talented team and to see Debbie Kelleher again, one of the school teaching assistants, who reached the regional finals for the National Teaching Awards. There are some exciting initiatives in place which are having a real impact on the children's learning. The creative curriculum work in Year 3 with Creative Partnerships is making a real difference as is the work with Education Leeds colleagues on enterprise. The early years is great with another fantastic 'Magical Garden' which enhances the outside play available for the youngest children. The school serves an interesting and challenging community and is also doing great work with inclusion and provision for children with autism.

This is another good school with outstanding features led by a talented headteacher whose passion, energy and commitment is achieving great things.

1 comment:

John Hutchinson said...

Thanks Chris, it was a pleasure to have you in our school. The children were buzzing in the afternoon when I went round and told them how impressed you had been with them. It has given us all a real lift, thanks for that! Keep the faith! God bless and good luck in the future.
Jphn Hutch.