Our latest Section 50 Inspection Report has just been published. Below is their summary and recommendations. (The full report can be viewed/downloaded from the ‘Home’ page)
Summary of Inspection Findings
This is a good Catholic school.
The school is good overall in providing and promoting Catholic Education. The school’s Mission Statement “Grow in Love” clearly permeates all aspects of school life, and is well understood by the pupils. The behaviour and attitude of the pupils are good, and pupils engage well in their learning. They say that they enjoy their lessons in Religious Education.
Links with the parish are strong, and the school makes a considerable contribution to the life of the parish and the wider community. The school’s work for local, national and international charities is particularly impressive.
Since the last inspection the school has generally implemented Diocesan recommendations.
Self-evaluation systems are in place and are accurate. Provision for Religious Education and Collective Worship are good. Assessment procedures are consistent, and in line with Diocesan policy.
Given the dedication and commitment shown by the leadership of the school, there is a very good capacity for sustained improvement. The Head Teacher has a clear vision for the school, and he is ably assisted by new Religious Education Coordinator who is already having a significant impact on the Catholic Life of the school, Religious Education and Collective Worship.
Prospects for improvement are very good.
1. Develop pupil led Collective Worship at an age appropriate level
2. Challenge pupils further, through feedback, next steps marking and questioning which prompt pupils to deepen their understanding and reflect on how their faith impacts on their daily lives
3. Continue to develop the role of link Governors in monitoring and evaluating the outcomes and provision in Religious Education and the Catholic Life of the School, by engaging in the planned monitoring and evaluation activities, and reporting back to the full Governing Body any implications for the future e.g. the provision of resources, or CPD for staff.
Congratulations to all pupils, staff, parents and members of the parish. We are all very proud of our school and the parish of St Joseph’s.
Our Annual Summer Fair was a fantastic community event, despite a rather damp start. In total we made almost £3800, half of which will go to PTA funds, with the other half to the church.
Thank you so much to everyone who attended. Thank you to our sponsors and stall holders. But, most of all, thank you to the small PTA ‘Planning and Delivery Team’. Your tireless efforts are greatly appreciated.
People often talk about what a vibrant community St Joseph's was, in the past. Our Christmas and Summer Fairs prove we remain a vibrant community. Thank you.