Staff and students at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School are celebrating after the school received a rating of outstanding in its recent Catholic Schools Inspection.
The inspection was carried out at the end of the summer term by the Catholic School’s Inspectorate which acts on behalf of dioceses to ensure Catholic schools are implementing Catholic values and teachings. In the inspection report which was published recently the inspector graded the school as outstanding in all three inspection areas including Catholic life and mission; religious education and collective worship.
The inspection report said: “Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School is very welcoming; pupils, staff and parents, regard themselves as part of the family, who ‘with God’s guidance grow and learn’ together. “Prayer and liturgy are strengths of the school; pupils are skilled and confident in their delivery of worship in the classroom. “Pupils are happy, confident and secure because the highly skilled staff focus on nurturing relationships, recognising the uniqueness of each individual within the school.”
The inspection report also praised the school’s leaders, including governors, for their clear vision and helping the school reach its goals. The school’s headteacher Mrs Vaughan said: “We are incredibly proud to be the first school in the Diocese of Leeds to receive the highest grade of outstanding in our recent Catholic Schools Inspection. Under the new framework introduced last year, we have been judged outstanding in all three areas. “The report truly reflects our amazing school, highlighting many of the things that make Barkston Ash such a special place. The hard work, dedication and love shown on a daily basis by all members of our Barkston Ash family is inspiring. “It is a pleasure and a privilege to work in a place where the sense of community is extremely joyful and where everyone lives out our mission statement, ‘With God’s guidance, we grow and learn.’ “We are delighted that the inspectors recognised that our pupil outcomes and achievements are excellent, and that our pupils embrace opportunities to support the local and wider community. “We are pleased that the report recognises just how highly-skilled our staff are and how they prioritise nurturing relationships, ensuring all pupils feel happy and confident. “The commitment of staff and behaviour of pupils is described as exemplary and we are pleased that the report acknowledges the hard work of leaders, governors and all staff, to ensure Barkston Ash is a great place to work and the best place to learn.”
Students at Barkston Ash Catholic Primary School are celebrating after the school received a rating of outstanding in its recent Catholic Schools Inspection. (05-10-108 GT/EC)