Published: 20 January 2023
The Lord Mayor of Westminster visited a school in one of the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods, to congratulate pupils, teachers, and staff on being awarded the top Ofsted rating.
St Luke’s Church of England primary, in Queen’s Park, where more than half of the pupils receive the disadvantaged pupil premium funding, went from Good to Outstanding following an inspection last year.
Cllr Hamza Taouzzale, who was given a tour of the 161-pupil school by Head of School Adrian Evans, said that it was great to see local children getting such a fantastic start in their education. He said:
“I know first hand how important it is to get the right kind of support in your early years education and the difference it can make to your future.
“It’s real a pleasure for me to see pupils thriving thanks to the brilliant hard work of the teachers and support staff.
“And I got some very interesting questions from the pupils when I did a Q&A with the School Council. I think it’s good for them to see the city’s first citizen and tell them what the Lord Mayor does.”
The glowing Ofsted report praised the school’s “rich and ambitious curriculum” and the pupils’ behaviour.
It added: “Pupils feel safe because they trust leaders and staff to care for them. Staff also help pupils to understand how to keep safe and avoid harm. The curriculum is exceptionally well designed and taught.”
Adding: “Reading is a top priority. Pupils read regularly and are encouraged to read a rich range of genres and authors. Pupils become confident readers. Their excellent start in reading plays an important part in helping them to learn very well across the curriculum.”
School head Mr Evans said:
“It was very kind of the Lord Mayor to visit the school, and it’s inspiring for our pupils to see someone who grew up not far away doing so well.
“We are very proud of being awarded an Outstanding rating, it’s especially rewarding to receive it after so many difficult months as a result of the pandemic lockdowns.”
The Lord Mayor said he hoped to visit as many primary schools as he could to explain what the Mayoralty does over his one year term.