On Tuesday 7th March 2017, Sacred Heart School was subject to a Section 5 Inspection. These are carried out by an HM Inspector with the intention of validating that a school remains a ‘Good’ school. The foci of this type of inspection are ‘Leadership and Management’ and ‘Safeguarding’.
The outcome of this inspection is that Sacred Heart remains a ‘Good‘ school.
The outcome evidences the outstanding progress that the school has made since its last inspection. Indeed, the outcome is more pleasing in these times of changing goal posts, with the lack of clear direction on assessment and the higher ‘levels’ of attainment expected as standard from our children at the end of each Key Stage.
In the words of one inspector, under today’s inspection framework “a school standing on a ‘Good’ judgement from five years ago would find itself in ‘Special Measures’ if things remained the same.”
The report can be read using the link below. It is very different from the reports that precede it as it takes the form of a formal letter to the Headteacher from the OFSTED inspector. The letter outlines the findings of the day, the strengths of the school and the areas for development.
As a school, the areas for development outlined had already been identified and form the basis of our 2016/17 School Development Plan. We were delighted with the feedback we received from the HM Inspector as it identified some ‘outstanding’ features.
At the follow on, Religious Education Inspection (Section 48), the school was judged ‘Outstanding’ for Catholic Life and ‘Good’ for Catholic Education. The report will be available to download here.