St Cuthbert's Catholic Academy
Following the inspection of St. Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy, in July 2017, the inspectors judged the academy to be good overall and also good in every category - Effectiveness of leadership and management, Quality of teaching, learning and assessment, Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, Outcomes for pupils and its Early years provision.

In a letter sent to St. Cuthbert’s the lead inspector wrote: “You have high aspirations for your pupils and work rigorously and relentlessly to make sure you achieve the high standards you set for yourself and others.” It added: “At the heart of all your work is your drive and determination to ensure that pupils have better life choices.”

The Trust is delighted that the hard work and dedication of the staff team and the support of parents has been recognised; the education the children now receive is of the highest quality and improving further.  To move from an inadequate to good grading in four years is a great achievement.

A full copy of the report is available here -

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/141115

 

The Trust recently received the exceptional Ofsted Inspection Report for Christ the King Catholic Academy.  Stephen Tierney, chief executive of the Blessed Edward Bamber Catholic Multi-Academy Trust, which runs the school, said: “The comments about the quality of leadership, care, standards, and all-round education are an absolute delight.”

The letter to the Academy’s Executive Headteacher, Sarah Smith, read, “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection due to your exceptional leadership … You have high aspirations for your pupils and work rigorously and relentlessly to make sure you achieve the high standards you set for yourself and others … At the heart of all your work is your drive and determination to ensure that pupils have better life choices … Central to improving the lives of pupils is the care and support you provide to children and their families.”

The pupils described their teachers and support staff as ‘amazing’ and told the Ofsted inspector that they feel ‘happy and safe’ and ‘love coming to school’.  Parents shared pupils’ positive views.  The report went on to state that attendance is ‘now excellent’; classrooms are ‘exciting, attractive, and well organised’ and the children were prepared for life at secondary school by the time they leave.

 

A copy of the full report is available here

JUSTINE GREENING UNVEILS NEW EEF / IEE RESEARCH SCHOOLS AT SOCIAL MOBILITY SUMMIT

St Mary’s Catholic Academy Blackpool is one of eleven schools to have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research.

The new Research Schools – part-funded through the Government’s Opportunity Areas programme and part of a joint initiative between the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Effective Education (IEE) - were unveiled by the Education Secretary Justine Greening at a summit hosted by the Sutton Trust today.

St Mary’s will receive £200,000 over three years to become the focal point of evidence-based practice in Blackpool and build networks between large numbers of schools. They’ll develop a programme of support and events to get more teachers using research evidence in ways that make a difference in the classroom.

St Marys hosted two sets of inspectors during last half term. Inspectors from Lancaster Diocese inspected the Catholic life of the Academy and also the provision of RE. They left confirming St Mary’s 

“is an outstanding Catholic Academy. Christ is at the centre of all it does and Gospel values permeate throughout. The leadership of the academy is outstanding as Directors and leaders are totally committed to the Church’s mission of high quality Catholic education for all. Staff are authentic witnesses to Gospel values and endeavour to live these out in their work with pupils, especially the most vulnerable.”

The Diocesan inspection was followed by a visit from OFSTED. They confirmed the excellent quality of education being offered at the school.  It leaves the academy as the only Ofsted good rated secondary school in Blackpool; a grading it has held continuously for over a decade.

The Ofsted inspectors were impressed with: the caring ethos that pervades the school; the great pride pupils have in attending St. Mary’s and parents’ appreciation of the exceptional efforts staff go to, in supporting and teaching all students.  The inspection team noted the comments of the overwhelming majority of parents; typically 

‘The staff go above and beyond what is expected’ and ‘The staff clearly have the best interests of the children at heart’

A copy of the Diocesan report can be found at: http://www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk/images/stories/PDFs/S48-stmaryblackpool141275.pdf

OFSTED letter can be found at http://www.st-mary.blackpool.sch.uk/images/stories/PDFs/Policies/Ofsted-2017-St-Marys-Catholic-Academy---Published-Letter.pdf