Best ever Ofsted result
06 October 2016
Following our Full Section 5 Ofsted Inspection on Tuesday, 20th and Wednesday, 21st September 2016, we are delighted to announce that we have received a glowing report.
Inspectors were so impressed with the rapid reversal of fortunes of St Cuthbert’s that they have handed us a “good” rating - the second highest grading at its disposal.
The glowing report concluded St Cuthbert’s is a “truly inclusive school where every pupil is valued” - meaning an improvement notice handed to the school under a different regime just two years ago can be well and truly consigned to the history books.
Students’ behaviour, student safety, a revitalised curriculum which prepares students for life after school and the school’s "refusal to give up on any pupil” are among the areas coming in for praise.
However the report also notes the huge impact a change in leadership and the arrival of new headteacher Mrs Catherine Twist in September 2015 has had in ensuring the success of the school which enjoyed its best ever exam results this year.
Since the new headteacher’s arrival, Ofsted said the school was now home to “an ambitious and aspirational culture”.
The passion of parents was also highlighted by Ofsted who noted how they had written at length to inspectors “detailing how happy their children are and how well they are progressing”.
The inspection follows the school’s best ever GCSE results exceeding national results in English & Maths.
It has also recently completed a massive investment programme, which has seen nearly £1M invested in the last 6 years including 7 new, state-of-the-art classrooms.
But Mrs Twist said the school’s success was a genuine team affair: “St Cuthbert’s has never been in better shape and we are delighted at the glowing Ofsted report. Our success is a team effort - the staff, students, parents and wider community can be rightly proud. Whether it’s a teacher, caretaker or governor, we are all passionate about building on our success. We are celebrating a year of successes – our best ever GCSE results, the addition of our best ever new facilities, and now our best Ofsted report.”
Cabinet Member for Education, Councillor Andy Bowden, said: “St Cuthbert’s thoroughly deserves the highly positive feedback from Ofsted. The strong leadership of Mrs Twist and her team has led to many significant improvements across the board. Since its previous inspection, the school has worked closely with the council, and our own officers speak very highly of St Cuthbert’s inclusive ethos and the effective way in which staff work to support the needs of pupils – particularly vulnerable ones – to improve their life chances."
And the glowing Ofsted report has come at the perfect time for us as we begin the countdown to our 60th anniversary next year - with the school planning to highlight the massive part its staff, students past and present, parents, governors and community at large have played and will continue to play in the school’s success.
Birthday events will be based around the theme 'reflect, celebrate, anticipate' including ex-staff and students sharing their recollections of school-life in a series of short films entitled #60at60, the whole school community coming together to celebrate Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool and looking ahead to the next 60 years of St Cuthbert's through a newly dedicated chapel for prayer and reflection.