1st May 2019

Holy Cross Catholic High School has been once again rated as ‘outstanding’ by the Catholic Archdiocese.

The inspectors spent a day at the school in March, observing lessons, discussing items with pupils, staff, the governors and the clergy as well asreviewing parents’ questionnaires.

The inspectors highlighted: “The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding overall.”

The inspectors had nothing but praise for the school, emphasising that it ‘provides a real sense of community’ and ‘is a happy place in which everyone can thrive.’

They also highlighted the way students view staff as ‘role models who are always willing to go that extra mile.’

The inspectors especially found the teaching of Religious Education strong.

“Pupils enjoy Religious Education because the content is challenging and teachers maintain the effective balance between work and ‘fun’ which, according to pupils, is based on good relationships. A clear sense of purpose ensures best standards of behaviour and resultant progress.”

Head Teacher Ivan Gaughan said: “We are all delighted with this report. It reflects the strength of our community and its basis in Christian values.

“It also speaks volumes about how our pupils live their lives and what exceptional young people they are. I am very proud of them and of our brilliant staff.

“Schools aren’t just about results; they’re about creating young adults who will add to society; this report shows that, overall, we are achieving that.”