Ofsted

Following an Ofsted inspection in March 2018, St Katherine’s received an overall rating of ‘requires improvement’.

The report outlines those areas where the school community must focus its efforts to develop further. Significantly, the inspectors recognise that our existing improvement plan identifies these priorities and acknowledges that the actions of school leaders are gathering pace and momentum.

The inspectors highlighted many positive aspects of our school community. In particular, they recognise that our raised expectations for students’ ‘behaviour for learning’ is having a positive impact on their ability to learn. They also note:

  • our programme to support the smooth transition for Year 7 students from our large number of feeder primary schools is carefully and thoughtfully managed;
  • some faculties such as humanities achieve above average outcomes;
  • low-attaining students achieve well; students’ personal development and welfare is good;
  • we provide a safe, inclusive environment for vulnerable students, including those who are looked after.

Commenting on the report William Harding, Chair of Governors said: 

“While governors appreciate the overall judgement may be disappointing it is encouraging to see that it matches the improvement priorities set by the senior leadership team at the start of the year.

“Looking ahead, we are encouraged that Ofsted noted the changes the Head of School is already putting in place to raise standards and improve teaching and learning for our students and look forward to working with an external reviewer so we can improve our support for disadvantaged learners.

“The Head of School has a clear vision for St Katherine’s, fully supported by the governors and Inspirational Futures Trust, that involves all of its community in bringing about the changes necessary to raise standards.

“As the inspectors recognised, the staff are fully behind this vision and I know they are rising to this challenge.  Together, we look to continuing the trend of improving outcomes for St Katherine’s students.”

The full inspection report is available here

School media release – issued 18 April 2018