CHILDREN have been praised for ‘exemplary behaviour’ at a school where they ‘feel safe and secure’.

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School in Knutsford is celebrating after being deemed ‘good’ in an Ofsted Inspection.

The ethos, leadership and dedication of staff were commended after a two-day scrutiny.

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Inspectors said: “This is a school where pupils know that they belong to a family.

“They feel safe and secure because they know that staff care about them.

Knutsford Guardian: 'This is a school where pupils know that they belong to a family''This is a school where pupils know that they belong to a family' (Image: St Vincent's Catholic Primary School)

“Pupils enjoy coming to school. They know they are expected to work hard and behave well.

“They rise to these high expectations.”

Staff were applauded for applying their knowledge and expertise to ensure children understood every lesson.

The report stated: “Teachers have a strong subject knowledge.

“They use this to explain new concepts clearly.

“They are quick to spot and address pupils’ misconceptions.

“Their checks focus well on assessing what pupils have learned.”

Developing a passion for books is high on the agenda.

Inspectors said: “Leaders are determined that all pupils should become fluent readers.

“Teachers and teaching assistants use phonics well from the start of the reception year.

“Most pupils quickly become proficient readers.”

Children are given many enrichment experiences.

Inspectors said: “Music, especially singing, plays an important part in school life.

“In many subjects, pupils enjoy learning outside in the forest area.

Knutsford Guardian: 'Pupils enjoy coming to school''Pupils enjoy coming to school' (Image: St Vincent's Catholic Primary School)

“They play a full part in the local community.

“They are pen pals with residents of a local care home.

“They collect food for a foodbank and raise money for many charities.

Headteacher Bernadette Groarke said: “All staff, governors, parents and children have worked tirelessly to ensure that the school’s curriculum is broad, ambitious and prepares children for their future learning journeys.

“We ensure that our curriculum meets the needs of all our children regardless of any disadvantage or additional need.

“This was recognised and celebrated during the inspection.

“Our children were delighted to hear that their hard work and excellent attitudes to learning had also been recognised in the Ofsted report.

“We were delighted that both the inspection and the report recognised what a fantastic community our school is.

"Pupils, staff, governors and parents all work together to ensure our children are happy and confident learners.”