On Tuesday 25th November we welcomed two Head Teachers, who carried out an inspection on behalf of the Diocesan Education Service. We were very pleased with the outstanding outcome. I would like to say how proud I am of your children and all the staff who have helped to make this one of the best schools in the diocese for Religious Education. The complete report is on our website
St Mary’s is an outstanding Catholic school.
• The Catholic Life of the school is outstanding. The school’s mission statement underpins the tangible sense of community at all levels. Pupils relish being part of this supportive and joyful school with Christ at the centre of everyday life.
• Collective Worship is outstanding. This is a strength of the school. Prayer permeates the life of the school and enriches the experiences of all members of the school family. Pupil-led liturgy is becoming a firm and successful feature of the school’s provision for Collective Worship.
• Religious Education is outstanding. Pupils’ spiritual moral and ethical understanding is exemplary; their academic progress is consistently good and improving. Leaders and managers have a burning desire to ensure that every pupil reaches his or her full potential. Governors share this passion; they are now in a position to strengthen their role in monitoring and evaluating Religious Education at a more formal level.
WHAT DOES THE SCHOOL NEED TO DO TO IMPROVE FURTHER?
• Governors must develop a more formalised and systematic approach to the monitoring and evaluation.
• Baseline assessment systems (for Religious Education) must be revised and improved in order to ensure that the religious knowledge and understanding of pupils with English as an additional language is assessed accurately on entry to the school.