Another “good” rating for St Gregory’s Catholic College after Ofsted visit

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St Gregory’s Catholic Science College have continued their consistent Ofsted form, by getting another “good” rating.

The school was visited by an Ofsted inspector on May 15, and headteacher Andrew Prindiville was praised for his “strong effective leadership.”

Laurence King, who has put together the report said the comprehensive school continues to deliver a “good quality of education”, and has “marked significant improvement in specific areas.”

In his report, which was published on June 14, he said this means that the school may have significantly improved.

Mr King said the school had addressed areas for improvement that were identified at the previous inspection in October 2013.

Pupils at the school, on Donnington Road in Kenton, are “confident and able to take risks in developing their own understanding of new knowledge and concepts,” he said.

In his overall findings he said the curriculum pupils are taught gives them a diverse range of opportunities, teachers have high expectations of pupils which creates a “positive climate” for learning.

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Chiefs at the school also show a commitment to lessening the gap between disadvantaged pupils’ and other pupils’ outcomes. Evidence from disadvantaged pupils’ work shows they make the same progress as their peers, if not better.

He also praised the sixth form, and said students speak highly of their experience and feel well supported.

He said the school, which has more than 1000 pupils and 100 staff, now needs to give pupils time to reflect upon and improve their learning.

In a letter to parents reacting to the report, Mr Prindiville said: “The whole staff are delighted with the outcome and believe it is a true reflection of our school.

“We are immensely proud of our pupils and we are delighted that the inspection team frequently commented on the excellent behaviour and attitudes of our students.

“Your children are our greatest ambassadors and we are very pleased that the inspection team recognised how hard working and motivated they are.”

St Gregory’s are now set to receive a full inspection in the next year or two, and the school hopes that in a full two-day inspection they could be judged “outstanding.”