Ofsted Report 2018

Extracts from our latest inspection

This is a good school

The determined leadership of the headteacher and the senior team has led to rapid improvements at the school. They have successfully embedded a positive and inclusive culture that staff and pupils have embraced.

The professional development of staff has been highly effective in improving the quality and consistency of teaching and pupils’ behaviour.

The curriculum is broad and balanced. Leaders and governors have ensured that it meets the needs and aspirations of pupils.  The quality of teaching is consistently good. Teachers use their subject knowledge enthusiastically to engage pupils in activities that challenge them to think and deepen their knowledge and understanding.

The personal development of pupils, alongside their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, is highly effective.   Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are well supported and are making good progress as a result.

Safeguarding is effective and leaders have swiftly ensured that a culture of vigilance has become firmly established. Pupils say that they feel safe.  Pastoral care is a strength of the school, particularly in the care extended towards vulnerable pupils who may find themselves in difficulty.

Pupils behave well. They are polite, smart and courteous. Pupils understand the values of the school and demonstrate this in the way that they interact and care for one another.

Diocesan Canonical Inspection

DCI Report 2018

Extracts from our latest inspection

St Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is a good Catholic school.

The overall effectiveness of the school is good. Under the strong leadership of the headteacher and his senior team, recent changes, including the appointment of an inspirational new lay chaplain, have led to a more effective and inclusive programme of Collective Worship and greater opportunities for pupils to explore their faith. The governing body has recently become more proactive in monitoring the school’s work and must continue to set high expectations and ensure that they are met.

The Catholic Life of the school is good. Pupils feel that they are at the heart of the school and are able to explain what is special about this Catholic school. The impact of the  pupil chaplaincy group has been strong and they are empowered to play a greater part in developing the Catholic Life of the school.

House acts of worship are well planned and often delivered by pupils. The form time ‘Thought for the Day’ is well resourced and consistently delivered each morning. Pupils recognise the impact the lay chaplain has had on empowering them to lead worship in the school.