12th April 2016
The published report from the recent Ofsted inspection of St Anne’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College confirms that the school is ‘Outstanding’ in every category. Headmistress, Lyn Bourne said ‘We are delighted with the outcome of our inspection. The report reflects the exceptional achievements of the entire St Anne’s family. Inspectors recognised the excellent standards reached by staff and students across the school and the highly effective contributions made by all members of the St Anne’s team.’
‘It is wonderful that inspectors saw our school the way we see it. They said “The school is a warm and caring community where pupils flourish” in their summary of key findings for parents and pupils, where they also said “Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary; outcomes are outstanding; governance is first-rate and leaders and teachers have imparted the pupils with a very strong work ethic, a love of learning and a desire to excel”.’
‘I couldn’t be more proud of my team of staff and students. They had the confidence to show inspectors our normal routine with their usual positive, optimistic attitude. In the words of the Ofsted report, I have a “dedicated and professional team who are all highly committed to achieving the best for every pupil.” We have worked hard to ensure the development of teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do so it is particularly pleasing to have the ‘Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment’ judged to be ‘Outstanding’ across the school and in the sixth form.’
‘We are extremely pleased with the praise for our sixth form, with teaching judged to be “of the highest quality”. Inspectors said “Good relationships, together with challenging and inspiring teaching, ensure that the most-able learners make very good progress in the sixth form. Learners are effusive about their high aspirations and high expectations”. Inspectors also said “Teachers have very high expectations and use their expert subject knowledge to design learning activities which engage and challenge learners.”
Achievement in the Sixth Form was also praised “Sixth formers make progress above national averages. Attainment in the range of A level subjects has been above national averages in the past and continues to be so now.” Inspectors interviewed sixth form students and remarked “Sixth formers take pride in their school and they appreciate the support teachers give them”. Sixth formers told inspectors that they “particularly value the wide range of enrichment activities and one to one support that the school offers” and another sixth former said “This school is my second family”. It is clear why our sixth form was judged to be outstanding!’
‘The report gives a detailed evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the work we do here at St Anne’s. If you would like access to the report before it is published on the Ofsted website a full copy of the report is available on the St Anne’s website. This report, together with the information on our new and developing website will give you a taste of what St Anne’s has to offer. If you would like to find out more, please contact the school for an appointment.’
‘We have a clear vision of uncompromising ambition and consistent improvement at St Anne’s, so being judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted doesn’t mean we’ve ‘arrived’. We have the opportunity now to build on our success and find more ways to make a difference for all members of the St Anne’s family, and we are looking forward with great excitement to the next part of our journey.’
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