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Pupils love learning at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, according to Ofsted inspectors who have rated the school ‘Good’ in all areas.

In their report, inspectors said: “Pupils love learning in this school. They are happy and they feel safe. They talk with clear enthusiasm about learning new knowledge. They behave well and respectfully.”

The quality of education at Christ the King, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, early years provision and the school’s overall effectiveness have all been rated ‘Good’.

It was noted that leaders are ambitious for all pupils and that staff at the school, which is part of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, are a strong team.

Inspectors said: “They (staff) support each other well in striving for improvement. All staff and pupils live out the school mission ‘to be the best we can be.’ The school is welcoming and inclusive. Staff work hard to ensure that this is a safe place in which to learn.”

The “warmth of the school’s positive ethos” reaches out into the local area and activities such as planting bulbs, sending letters to a local care home and volunteering in the community were highlighted.

Positive relationships between pupils were praised, including those in the early years and parents and carers are happy with the care provided.

“They (pupils) play happily and older pupils support younger pupils with their reading. Parents and carers are very positive about the school. They welcome the way the school makes them feel part of a community through their kindness and support.”

The curriculum was described in the report as “organised, ambitious and well-sequenced”.

“Leaders have set out an organised, ambitious and well-sequenced curriculum. Staff develop pupils’ vocabulary from the start of the early years through to Year 6. Pupils use their precise vocabulary to talk confidently about what they have learned,” inspectors said.

Reading is at the heart of the curriculum, children make a good start with their phonics from the beginning of the early years and pupils describe reading as “diving into an adventure”, according to the report.

Inspectors noted that maths is taught through a well-planned curriculum and they said that pupils who are disadvantaged or have special educational needs learn well alongside their peers.

Pupils’ behaviour was praised and pupils’ personal development was described as a “strength of the school”.

Arrangements for safeguarding were found to be effective.

Inspectors said: “The school goes above and beyond to engage wider agency support for its pupils and families in a rigorous approach and positive safeguarding culture.”

Mrs Watts said: “We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of the inspection and with this report.  We feel it reflects the hard work of all our children, staff and governors.  The inspection has not only validated our journey so far, it has also supported us in continuing to shape our vision for the future of our school.  We are excited to continue that journey as a school community.”

Kevin Gritton, Chief Executive of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said: “We are delighted for everyone at Christ the King and it is fantastic to see that all of the hard work done to ensure that pupils receive the very best education has been recognised in the report. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved.”

As a Trust, we wish to express our sadness following the death of HRH, Queen Elizabeth II.

Staff in schools across the Trust will be discussing the events with our pupils and ensuring that they are supported in the coming days and weeks.

The Queen was a person of great faith and we are thankful for the exemplary way in which she devoted herself to a life of service. We pay tribute to her tremendous dedication and commitment and recognise the integrity which permeated her reign, along with her deep sense of duty.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family, and the nation, at this sad and difficult time.

CEO Kevin Gritton


If anyone is interested in being a relief mid-day supervisor in order to cover staff absences at lunchtime, we would be very grateful if you could please contact school for more information.

Many thanks.

If you’re struggling to find your feet now that Covid-19 restrictions are lifting, this supportive online group is for you.

Natterjacks Social Group

Please see the attached letter about Miss Rouse and Mrs Watts’ efforts, as part of Strictly St. Ralph, to raise money for The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service. Your support and sponsorship would be greatly appreciated!

Strictly St Ralph Letter

If you are attending the Early Reading meeting today (Wednesday 15th September) after school we would kindly ask parents to wait on the Infant playground at the top of school.  When the meeting is due to start, you will be called down to school.  Due to the numbers of people attending the meeting, we would advise you to wear a mask if you can.  Doors will be open to keep the air circulating as much as possible.  We look forward to seeing you later and thank you for your cooperation and support.

Please be aware that, as our class emails are being transferred to the new system, some teachers are unable to access their class address at the moment.

If you have emailed your child’s class teacher and have not received a response, please speak to them either via a phone call or arrange a time to chat at home time.

If you have not been told which day your child has PE, please do not worry.  You will receive a letter by the end of this week, giving this information ready for the following week.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

Wednesday 15th September at 3:30pm

Here is a date for your diary if you are the parent of a child that is in Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery), Foundation Stage 2 (Reception), Year 1 or Year 2.  Please look out for a letter this week with more information about this.  Thank you!