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“Good” Ofsted rating for All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby

by Jonathan Kearney

All Saints Catholic High School in Kirkby has received a “Good” judgement from Ofsted following a two day inspection in November.

The school was judged to be “Good” in all elements of the inspection – the quality of education, behaviours and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, Sixth Form provision – which gave an overall judgement of “Good”. The school’s previous inspection was in 2018 when it was judged to be “Requires Improvement.”

Tony McGuinness, Head Teacher at All Saints Catholic High School, said: “I’m delighted with this latest inspection which acknowledges the hard work of everyone at the school – Governors, staff, pupils and their parents. We have made improvements to our curriculum and pupils are supported to achieve their potential. This has been a clear focus for us over the last two years with the impact the pandemic has had. It’s great to see that these efforts are clearly reaping rewards. We will continue to build on this success moving forward.”

Inspectors noted that Leaders and Teachers have high expectations for pupils’ academic achievement and pupils and students live up to these high expectations.

Pupils enjoy coming into school and they feel safe and happy. They also benefit from a good-quality education, progress well through the curriculum and are well prepared for their future lives. Leaders and Governors have worked well with subject leaders to develop a high-quality curriculum, the curriculum has been strengthened and is broad, ambitious and well planned.

It was also noted that pupils behave well in lessons and there is a calm atmosphere which promotes positive learning and behaviour.

The personal, social, health and economic education curriculum is well planned and delivered sensitively and effectively.

Teachers regularly check on pupils’ learning and provide feedback to help pupils deepen their knowledge and understanding. Leaders also know their pupils and their circumstances very well.

The curriculum is equally as ambitious for pupils and students.

Teachers have established that some pupils have fallen behind in their reading due to the pandemic and a number of strategies have been introduced to help pupils to catch up, including the employment of a specialist Teacher.

There is a strong culture of safeguarding, safeguarding training is provided to all staff enabling them to spot the early signs of pupils needing support.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added: “This is a truly well-deserved outcome for All Saints Catholic High School. To move from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’ clearly shows the strong leadership, commitment and drive at the school which is evident amongst Governors, Leaders, staff and pupils. Well done to all involved.”