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Holy Spirit judged outstanding in Archdiocesan inspection

We had a very rewarding experience this week, when we were visited by 2 inspectors from Liverpool Archdiocese. They spent a full day with us having earlier studied paperwork, policies, planning, the website and assessments prior to their visit. Father Melly, was the lead inspector, who alongside Mrs Buckley, a former Headteacher in a number of Liverpool schools, formed a very experienced team who had inspected hundreds of Catholic schools over many years.  They found that the Catholic life and ethos of Holy Spirit was outstanding. In particularly, they talked about how well the children helped one another, volunteered and conducted charity work. The inspectors found that the Collective Worship we have in school was also outstanding – in particular the way children increasingly lead their own worship. Our new Mission Statement, which is very child led, received fulsome praise. Catholic religious teaching, both in terms of class teaching and learning and standards and expectations in books and with marking – was also deemed outstanding. The inspectors were full of praise for the children’s energy, respect; sense of belonging, curiosity and desire to learn. Governors, teaching assistants and standards in early years were amongst some of the areas of school life noted for added praise. Father Harris was praised for his daily involvement and dedication. Mrs Slocombe has led on the area expertly and has been central to the success we have enjoyed. Both inspectors spoke glowingly about the warm welcome, special atmosphere, commitment to enhancing the environment and dedication to high achievement. Mrs Buckley summed this up nicely, ‘It’s a wonderful school – there is a great balance between it being a busy and exciting place but there is also a peaceful serenity.’  We are obviously delighted with this news.  A section 48 RE inspection is a very weighty matter in a Catholic faith school such as ours – achieving an ‘Outstanding’ outcome is a huge achievement and is a tribute to the staff and children’s hard work and a clear and tangible marker of the raising of standards and expectations here at Holy Spirit. Mr Byrne
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