Story by Amy Palmer | Photos provided by St Catherine’s
Congratulations to St Catherine’s Catholic Voluntary Academy in Firs Hill, which has been awardedthe highest grade of‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors in the five key areas: leadership, teaching, personal development, behaviour
and welfare, outcomes for pupils,and early years provision.
The report describes the school as a “beacon of excellence within the community” and states: “Pupils are happy, motivated and excited to come to school. They demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning. They are curious, resilient and engaged in their
Mrs Rigby said: “Our whole school community is delighted with our Ofsted report and we are proud of our pupils, families and staff. We really do try to make our world a better place for everyone and I think that our vision of how schools can be came across clearly to the inspectors.“
Councillor Jackie Drayton spoke to the Messenger in her capacity as both the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families and a proud Burngreave Councillor, saying: “The work they’ve done and the distance they’ve travelled is amazing. Thanks and creditgoes not just to the Headteacher Fiona Rigby and all the school staff but goes to the children and their families too. St Catherine’sis a real community school at the heart of our Community and everyone involved wants all the children to achieve their best.”
The Messenger spoke to parent Martina Bramhall who told us “I’m an extremely happy parent. I’ve had two children at the school and find staff very committed and willing to go the extra mile.”
And ‘the best’ is what they appear to be achieving in this first Ofsted inspection since becoming an academy in 2014, when it gained the lower, but still impressive, grade of ‘Good’ across the board.
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