ST RICHARD’S Catholic College has been hailed as outstanding during a recent inspection from the diocese.
A team of inspectors visited the school in November and released their subsequent report earlier this week – awarding the college a rating of outstanding in all nine assessment categories.
This leaves St Richard’s with a sought-after community grade one status – much to the delight of staff and management.
The inspectors praise the school for putting the Catholic Christian faith at the centre of the school’s approach and for being a community. They were also impressed by how the staff at the college provide an “excellent Catholic education which prepares pupils for further study and adult life”.
Pupils were praised for their behaviour in lessons; their exemplary fundraising; their enthusiastic involvement in the prayer life of the school whatever their faith or denomination; their excellent progress; their enjoyment of school and service to others and the quality of relationships between with each other and staff.
Top grades were awarded in all categories, including teaching and learning, achievements and standards, quality of the curriculum and leadership and management in RE, with inspectors praising the excellent progress made by pupils as a result of “outstanding teaching which engages and challenges them”. The leadership and management of RE is acknowledged as outstanding, as is the inclusive nature of all lessons.
Parents/carers and the parishes are praised too for working with the school to support the pupils’ well-being.
Doreen Cronin, principal of the college, praised all in the community and beyond who have supported the school. She added: “The college will continue to build on this success and, as advised by the inspectors, explore and develop strategies to provide and support lifelong learning to all our pupils once they leave St Richard’s.”