St Boniface was inspected by OFSTED on 13th July 2007 and received a judgement of ‘Outstanding’.
“St Boniface is an outstanding school. There are many reasons for the school's success. The school's strong Catholic ethos and its high expectations, together with an atmosphere that is friendly and caring, provide a safe environment in which pupils are able to blossom. Pupils respond positively to these features and take advantage of all the opportunities that the school provides. Their behaviour is exemplary. They play very well together and say that they go to a friendly school where everybody cares for each other. A comment from one pupil summed up the views of many: 'There are loads of people who smile here.' As a result, most pupils attend school regularly, thoroughly enjoy lessons and other activities and make excellent progress in their personal development and well-being.”
Dr Lynn Bappa, Additional Inspector
In July 2010 OFSTED wrote to the school stating “As you may know, during its last inspection in, Ofsted inspectors judged your child’s school to be outstanding. Schools which are performing well are now inspected less often than other schools. …
I am pleased to inform you that our interim assessment shows that the school’s performance has been sustained and that we can defer its next full inspection. I wish everyone involved in the school continued success in the coming year. “
St Boniface is proud to be a Communication Friendly School, Jackie McCallum Wandsworth’s Head of Inclusion (SEND) visited in May 2019
“We know that good speech, language and communication skills are vital for all children to enable them to reach their full potential. However, two or three children in every classroom have long-term and persistent difficulties and many other children arrive in school with delays in their communications skills or with English as an additional language.
Three years ago St George’s Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Service began to offer accredited and evidence-based Elklan training to all Wandsworth Schools. So far 52 of our primary schools have taken up training but St Boniface is the first to achieve the level 4 Communication Friendly Status. Teachers, classroom assistants, office staff and lunchtime supervisors have all engaged with the training to ensure an embedded and consistent approach in the playground and at lunchtime as well as in the classroom.
Sencos, Anna Gordon and Joanna Singh, explained that Elklan has helped staff to fully appreciate that language underpins everything in the classroom. If children can’t understand or express themselves, they can’t engage in the curriculum. A key strategy is using visuals to support spoken language – words are fleeting but pictures can be referred to again and again. A walk round the school building demonstrated this with symbols and pictures used on posters explaining everything from classroom monitor jobs to school rules. In lessons teachers explicitly teach vocabulary, use gesture to support meaning, develop narrative technique and give children enough time to respond to questions – it can take up to ten seconds to make sense of a question, think of an answer and, find the right words and then co-ordinate the muscles to articulate the words.”
At St Boniface we work closely with Wandsworth to continually improve our school in partnership with Wendy Callard Wandsworth’s Primary School Improvement Manager.
We are happy to share Wendy’s email regarding our provision for all children during COVID-19, addressed to Ana Popovici - Director of Children's Services at the London Borough of Wandsworth and Andy Hough – Head of School Participation and performance.