Following a recent Ofsted inspection, St. Mary’s, Menston has been awarded the highest possible grade of OUTSTANDING. An outstanding school is defined as highly effective in delivering outcomes that provide exceptionally well for all its pupils’ needs.
Commemorative Photo: Left to Right: Mr D Beardsley (Headteacher), Molly Jones (Head Girl), Mr David Geldart (Assistant Headteacher), Erica Bowers (Year 8), Patrick Crotty (Year 10), Mr Dominic Sinnett (Director Of Sixth Form), Miss Catherine Garrett (Deputy Headteacher), Firmina Da Luz Machado De Mendonca (Year 7), Amelia Walsh (Year 11), Mr Thomas Rothwell (Deputy Headteacher), Matthew Ryan (Year 9), Myles Hanlon (Head Boy)
The inspection, using the new ‘more rigorous’ framework took place on 25 and 26 November 2014 and involved 5 inspectors spending time in school observing lessons and having meetings with staff, students and governors. The inspectors were also able to take into account the views of parents through the use of Parent View on the Ofsted website.
Mr Darren Beardsley, Headteacher, said: “I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection, where the grade awarded by the inspectors for the overall effectiveness of the school is OUTSTANDING. In order to achieve this overall grade, the school was graded as outstanding in the following subcategories of the inspection: Achievement of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils and Leadership and Management.”
The Ofsted inspectors were glowing in their praise of the school:
- St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy is an outstanding provider of education. It prepares young people extremely well for their future careers regardless of individual background or personal aspiration.
- Governors and senior leaders set themselves high goals and reflect accurately on how their actions are affecting positively on the outcomes for students.
- Leaders at all levels share a passion and vision for students of all ages to do their very best. Students respond well to this high aspiration.
- Students’ attitudes to learning are extremely positive.
- Teachers know their subjects well and use their knowledge to good effect.
- Both the Academy Trust and Academy Governing Body challenge leaders well. They know their students and staff and ensure that the very best outcomes are achieved for most.
Mr Beardsley continued: “St. Mary’s has an excellent reputation with many aspects of the school’s work being recognised nationally and internationally. As a school we strive to provide world class Catholic education and this Ofsted Report recognises all the hard work of the entire school community. The Ofsted inspection comes only months after the school was graded as Outstanding in the Diocesan Section 48 inspection of The Catholic Life of the School, with St. Mary’s being one of the few schools in the country to achieve outstanding grades in both inspections.”
St. Mary’s Menston Catholic Voluntary Academy (11–18) converted to become an academy school in The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust in March 2013. This year St. Mary’s celebrates fifty highly successful years of Catholic education.
Mr Beardsley concluded: “The school is committed to providing world class Catholic education with Christ at the centre of all that we do: I am confident that this success will continue as the school moves from strength to strength over the coming years.”