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All Saints finishes term on a high after Ofsted visit

by Gemma Melling

Staff and pupils at All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby have something to celebrate as they approach the end of term – after receiving a very positive Ofsted report.

The school had been put into ‘special measures’ following Ofsted’s last inspection in December 2014.  However, following its latest inspection on 27 and 28 June, the ‘special measures’ tag has now been removed.

Following this latest inspection, the effectiveness of leadership and management, personal development, behaviour and welfare and 16 to 19 study programmes were all rated as ‘good’.

Working with Knowsley Council to drive improvements

Since the ‘special measures’ judgement, Knowsley Council’s school improvement team has been working with All Saints school on developing and delivering an action plan to address the areas for improvement.

This has included a council officer working alongside senior leaders at the school, initially in a hands-on capacity, but more recently stepping back to play a more coaching and mentoring role.  This support was highlighted by Ofsted’s inspectors as playing a key part in helping to move the school forward.

This latest success is further proof of the strong track record of Knowsley Council’s school improvement team.  In fact, in every instance when the team has become involved with a school in need of support, they have managed to secure an improvement in time for the next Ofsted inspection.  This is a significant achievement and Knowsley is one of only a few areas which demonstrates such a successful track record of helping to turn school performance around.

What strengths did Ofsted identify at the school?

Inspectors said:

  • The school works closely with partner primary schools to ensure the transition for Year 6 to Year 7 is successful.
  • Pupils behave extremely well around the school. Staff and pupils say that behaviour has improved significantly and acknowledge the positive difference that the Principal has made in this area.  The school has high expectations of behaviour and pupils value this.
  • Governors are highly committed and they provide effective challenge and support to the school’s leaders.
  • Under his effective leadership, the school has travelled a considerable distance in a short time which has resulted in the quality of teaching, behaviour and pupils’ achievements all improving.
  • The Principal, Mr Tony McGuinness, who was appointed in April 2015, has high expectations of everyone within the school community.
  • The welfare and personal development of pupils is a very high priority for staff.
  • Pupils who have special educational needs and / or disabilities are supported well to fulfil their potential.
  • Robust assessment procedures and external moderation indicate that the steady improvement in pupils’ progress in maths and English will continue.
  • Sixth form students benefit from high quality provision that is both inclusive and aspirational.  The school has played to its strengths (offering vocational courses, as well as an A Level in Art and Design) and has been successful in developing a curriculum that meets the needs of its students.  Consequently, the quality of teaching and students’ achievement has risen.

All Saints Catholic High School Kirkby

What’s next for All Saints school?

The school will continue to build on this positive feedback and continue to make improvements to ensure the very best outcomes for its pupils.

Cllr Gary See, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

Cllr Gary See

Cllr Gary See

“I’m delighted with the outcome of this latest inspection, which clearly demonstrates that the school has made significant improvements under the leadership of Tony McGuinness and with the support and expertise provided by the council.


This is something we will continue to provide for as long as needed as it is both ours and the school’s priority to ensure the very best teaching practices and outcomes for our young people.”

You can read a full copy of All Saints’ Ofsted’s report on their website.