Ofsted Report 2016

St Anne’s had an Ofsted Inspection on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th March 2016. The Headmistress received a telephone call from the Lead Inspector, Matthew Newberry HMI, on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th March and made arrangements for him and a second inspector, Julie Summerfield to come into school on Thursday 10th for a one-day Section 8 Inspection. The decision was made to convert to a full two-day Section 5 Inspection and 4 additional inspectors joined us on Friday 11th March.

The Easter holidays delayed publication of the outcome but the final report has now been made available to the school community and will be published on the Ofsted website on Monday 18th April. Please see below for brief extracts from the report. If you would like to read the full report please click the link below.


Information about this inspection

  • Inspectors observed pupils in 36 lessons in order to gather evidence to contribute to inspectors’ evaluation of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment. In addition, walks around the school were conducted jointly with members of the school leadership team to observe what the school provides and pupils’ learning. Inspectors also attended tutor periods and an assembly, visited the library and observed pupils’ conduct around the site at break and lunchtime.
  • Meetings were held with the headteacher, members of the governing body, senior leaders, teachers and support staff, the school’s improvement adviser and several groups of pupils.
  • Inspectors scrutinised a range of school documentation, including that relating to policies, the minutes of governors’ meetings, strategic planning documents, safety, self-evaluation documents, pupil achievement, behaviour and attendance information and a wide range of pupils’ work.
  • Inspectors considered the views expressed in 102 responses to Ofsted’s online survey (Parent View), 65 staff questionnaires and 199 pupil questionnaires.


Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school 

  • The headteacher’s excellent leadership has improved all aspects of the school since the last inspection. Governors and senior leaders are highly effective. Together they have created a culture where staff and pupils flourish.
  • The headteacher has systematically developed the staff so that they have high levels of expertise in teaching and learning.
  • Governance is first-rate. Governors effectively contribute to the school’s success because they rigorously monitor their impact on driving the school forward and challenge themselves and school leaders to do better where necessary.
  • Outcomes are outstanding. Excellent relationships between teachers and pupils, challenging teaching and highly effective systems for tracking pupil progress ensure all groups of pupils, including the most able, achieve very well.
  • Achievement at GCSE has improved every year for the last three years and is well above the national average. Progress is above average in all subject areas.
  • Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary and their attendance is above average and improving.
  • The school is a warm and caring community where pupils flourish. Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is woven through lessons and is a particular strength of the school.
  • Leaders and teachers have imparted the pupils with a very strong work ethic, a love of learning and a desire to excel.
  • Disadvantaged pupils are very well supported and so make the same progress as, or better than, other pupils nationally.
  • Pupils who have special educational needs or disability are also very well supported and so make very strong progress.
  • The curriculum is effective in both key stages and in the 16–19 provision, and provides excellent opportunities for pupils’ personal and academic development.
  • Pupils are happy at St Anne’s Catholic School and staff keep them safe. Leaders robustly monitor safeguarding procedures and ensure that no issues slip through the net. 



Overall effectiveness                                                                         Result

Effectiveness of leadership and management 


Quality of teaching, learning and assessment


Personal development, behaviour and welfare


Outcomes for pupils


16 to 19 study programmes 


Overall effectiveness at previous inspection 



You can download the report by clicking below.

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