Longridge headteacher’s pride in school after inspection

St Cecilia's RC High School headteacher Ivan Catlow and pupils celebrating the 'good' Ofsted report.
St Cecilia's RC High School headteacher Ivan Catlow and pupils celebrating the 'good' Ofsted report.

The headteacher of St Cecilia’s RC High School, Longridge has spoken of the school’s major step forward after being judged “good” for overall effectiveness by Ofsted inspectors.

In October 2013 Ofsted said St Cecilia’s required improvement. But now, more than two years on, head Ivan Catlow said: “I am absolutely delighted and extremely proud of all involved with St Cecilia’s that during the recent Ofsted visit inspectors judged the school to be ‘good’ in all four key areas.”

Since I took up my post in April 2015 it has been an absolute pleasure to work with a group of dedicated staff and passionate leaders

Headteacher

The key areas include leadership and management; quality of teaching, learning and assessment; personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for pupils, resulting in the school being judged “good” for overall effectiveness.

Mr Catlow said: “Such rapid and significant school improvement does not come without a lot of hard work. To move from being judged ‘room for improvement’ (RI) to ‘good’ is a major step forwards.

“St Cecilia’s has at its core a very real sense of continuous improvement and I am certain as the current report suggests, our journey of improvement is far from over.”

Inspectors are now asking senior leaders to improve teaching quality, particularly in science, modern languages, design technology, information technology and geography so pupils reach the standards of other subjects.̶

Mr Catlow added: “I certainly look forward to the next chapter of improvement at St Cecilia’s. Since I took up my post in April 2015 it has been an absolute pleasure to work with a group of dedicated staff and passionate leaders. I would like to thank pupils, staff, parents and governors for the support they have shown for St Cecilia’s.”

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