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Ofsted Inspection

Our school was last inspected by Ofsted in May 2015. Their key findings were:

“The school benefits from strong leadership by the head teacher. She is well supported by the deputy head teacher and other leaders who all have the same commitment to improve the school.”

“Pupils of all abilities make good progress in their learning and the proportion that makes more progress that expected is increasing quickly.”

“Teaching is consistently good and is sometimes outstanding in its impact on learning and achievement. Teachers have high expectations and plan interesting lessons that make pupils want to learn.”

“Pupils are unfailingly polite and courteous. They are very proud to be members of their school community.”

“The school’s work to keep pupils safe is outstanding. Leaders have developed excellent systems to make sure that pupils are safe and secure, both in school and when on visits.”

“Pupils enjoy coming to school and attend punctually. Attendance has improved, so that it is now above average.”

“Leaders at all levels monitor teaching and learning closely and standards have improved as a result. Governors check on pupils’ progress regularly and challenge leaders to secure the best outcomes for them.”

“Leaders and governors ensure that the curriculum provides a broad set of learning experiences. These promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and ensure that pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain.”

“Provision in early years is outstanding. Children thrive in the caring and safe environment created by a committed team under the strong leadership of a dedicated and highly effective leader.”

For further Ofsted information and to view all reports of our school – please use this Ofsted logo link:

Section 48 Inspection:

Additionally, in May 2017, an inspection was carried out under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.
The report of the inspection is produced for the Bishop of Middlesbrough (Code of Canon Law 804 and 806) and for the governors of the school. The inspection reviews, evaluates and plans further improvements in the school’s witness to the Catholic faith and Curriculum Religious Education. This process begins with the school’s own self-evaluation. The inspection schedule follows criteria set by the National Board of Advisers and Inspectors.
Their main findings were:

“The Catholic Life of the school is outstanding, with its mission statement, “Christ be our guide and our light” at the centre and many opportunities for all to develop, individually and collectively, their understanding of the Faith and a positive sense of vocation.”

“Outcomes for pupils are outstanding. Pupils enjoy and understand the value of RE demonstrating passion and commitment in their learning. Behaviour in lessons is exemplary with pupils concentrating well and displaying very positive attitudes to their learning. Standards of engagement, progress and attainment for all pupils within years and across key stages are good in RE.”

“The provision for the Catholic Life is outstanding. The provision of RE is secure and focused. Teachers have high expectations; they plan interesting and imaginative lessons and use a good range of high quality resources. Prayer life is a strong feature of the school. It engages all pupils to participate, pray and reflect, which they do with reverence and enthusiasm. It supports and enriches the faith life of the school community.”

“Leadership and management of the school is good. Leaders have a clear sense of direction and purpose, the vision is shared by committed staff. Leaders carry out regular monitoring and analysis of teaching and learning, ensuring impact towards school improvement.”

“The Trust Board’s plans for succession should secure the capacity to improve and ensure strong governance, affording many benefits at whole-school, subject-specific and individual levels.”

To download the full report, please follow this link.