Ofsted Inspection

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Our school was last inspected by Ofsted in September 2016. We were delighted that the overall inspection judgment was that St. Jude's is a good school.

The inspection team commented that:

  • There is a clear culture of Safeguarding being a high priority in the school.
  • Pupils say that they feel safe, and that there are always adults to talk to in school should they have worries. They state that the school is a caring and friendly place.
  • Leaders’ self-evaluation of the school’s performance is highly accurate and objective. Leaders know what needs to improve further in order for the school to become outstanding.
  • Governors have the skills to verify leaders’ information and support and challenge them in equal measure. Governors are committed to maintaining the strengths of the school, and its culture and ethos.
  • Teachers use different types of questions particularly well in lessons. This encourages pupils to answer in detail, and to explain their responses.
  • Differences between the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and other pupils nationally have diminished over time and, currently, have almost disappeared.
  • Parents note that the school responds well to any concerns they may have.

The full report can be read below:

Parent View

You can now share your views on our school via Ofsted's Parent View website. By sharing your views, Ofsted hopes you'll be helping the school to improve. You will also be able to see what other parents have said about us.

Parent View - Give Ofsted your view on your child's school

Your views are important in helping inspectors make a decision about our school, and to help us know what is going well and what could be improved. If you do not have a computer or an email address or if you would like help to use Parent View, please contact the school office.

Religious Education Inspection

Our last RE Inspection was in November 2016 and we are delighted to say that the judgements for the provision for Catholic Life and RE at St. Jude's are outstanding.

The Diocesan Inspector noted that:

  • All aspects of Catholic life are outstanding. The senior leadership team has an exceptional understanding of and commitment to the Catholicity of the school, placing it at the forefront of all that the school does.
  • The quality of leadership of Catholic life and collective worship of the school is outstanding.
  • The school continually provides a safe, loving environment.
  • Pupils learn how to respect others and contribute to society. The school has achieved the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award, as a recognition of their commitment.
  • The school ensures that all pupils learn about other faiths. Pupils are respectful of other faiths during lessons and visits to places of worship.
  • Pupils have a good knowledge about their faith and they can apply it to their everyday lives. They are respectful and have a good awareness about the meaning of forgiveness.

The full report can be read below:

Basic Skills Quality Mark Programme

Our school was assessed for the Basic Skills Quality Mark in June 2021 and we were delighted to be re-awarded the Quality Mark.

The Assessor noted that:

  • The Head Teacher and Senior Leaders have a clear vision for the role the school plays in the education of the whole child. Their calm but firm approach to codes of behaviour and developing positive attitudes to learning are very well supported by all the staff.
  • Provision is well planned and pupil progress is thoroughly assessed.
  • The leadership team ensures that staff access Professional Development opportunities, which impact directly on pupils and their performance.
  • The school is continuing to develop a curriculum that encourages the children to become independent learners.
  • The school has a plan in place and a catch-up intervention curriculum to support pupils with identified learning gaps due to the lock-down and periods of self-isolation.

The full report and covering letters can be read below: