Following our most recent full Inspection in May & June 2011, the Independent Schools Inspectorate reported:

  • The quality of pupils’ achievements is excellent. The pupils are well educated and suitably prepared for the next stage of their education. They are highly successful in entrance examinations for local grammar schools. The curriculum, together with the extra-curricular programme, strongly assists the school in meetings its aims. It provides a strong Catholic ethos where every individual is valued as a child of God. Good teaching enables pupils to make good progress in relation to their ability, which is above the national average. With strong support, pupils with LDD or with statements of SEN achieve exceptionally well. Pupils are successful in a range of activities in music, chess, sport and non-examination pursuits. Pupils show enthusiasm for their learning. They concentrate well and work hard.

  • The personal development of pupils is excellent. Pupils grow in self-confidence and self-belief in response to the school’s emphasis on valuing the individual. Relationships throughout the school community are supportive, friendly and complemented by clear expectations of behaviour. The quality of pastoral care is excellent and effective systems identify and respond to individual needs. Secure procedures are currently in place for safeguarding pupils, and systems for health and safety operate efficiently.

  • The headmaster provides strong leadership and is well supported by the senior management team (SMT). Consultation is a strong feature of their work and there is a strong commitment to doing the best for the pupils. Links with parents are excellent. The views of parents who responded to the pre-inspection questionnaire were overwhelmingly favourable across the full range of the school’s provision and arrangements. Parents did not raise any significant concerns. The inspection team agrees with these positive comments.