RE Inspection Report
Date of inspection: 3 June 2015
A. Classroom Religious Education – What is the overall effectiveness of classroom religious education in developing pupils’ religious literacy?
Overall, the effectiveness of classroom religious education is good. The quality of teaching is good overall. It generally engages pupils well in their learning and as a result, they make good progress in acquiring religious literacy.
Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and try to do their best. Staff have regular opportunities to participate in regular training events both within the diocese, and in school. These are much appreciated by staff and supported well by the good leadership and management of religious education. The new RE coordinator together with the deputy headteacher, have worked well to introduce a new programme of lessons in RE. It is carefully linked to the Curriculum Directory and the‘CompositeModel’.
The quality of learning in lessons and the rates of pupils’ progress in religious education are monitored regularly, and follow similar procedures as those used for core subjects. Pupils enjoy their RE lessons and feel valued. The school is striving to ensure that the most able pupils achieve as well as they can through a variety of strategies. The headteacher and governors are passionate about the school and have a very good understanding of its strengths and areas for improvement. Religious education contributes well to the Catholic life of the school.
Overall Grade 2
B. The Catholic life of the school – What is the overall effectiveness of the Catholic life of the school in developing pupils’ experience of the richness of a Catholic way of living and believing?
Pupils benefit from the excellent Catholic education they receive. Staff, governors, parents and pupils know that religious education is at the heart of school life and that the school is committed to the Church’s education mission.
Worship and prayer are central to everyday activities, and the regular use of the prayer corner located in the hall, highlights this. Links with the parishes and the local clergy are strong. Parish clergy are closely involved with the celebration of the liturgy in the school as well as on special occasions. Partnership with the diocese is excellent.
Pupils flourish at St Cuthbert Mayne, not only in their personal development, but also in their understanding of the Church’s teaching on social justice. Charities and projects in the community mean that children gain first-hand experience of helping others. Leaders and managers at all levels, including governors, are committed to excellence in developing the school’s Catholic life.
Those who are not Catholics willingly uphold the teachings of the Church and are very well supported by senior leaders and the RE coordinator. Parents and governors have a clear understanding of the school’s Catholic life. Self- evaluation of the Catholic life of the school is a little cautious and does not fully reflect its strengths.
Overall Grade 1
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