St John Fisher Catholic School Chatham is judged outstanding


News from Medway Matters

St John Fisher School, Chatham, has been judged outstanding in all categories by a Section 48 inspection team.

Section 48 inspections are similar to Ofsted section 5 inspections –  they differ in that they focus on faith aspects including  learning, academic standards, pastoral care and leadership of Catholicy across the school.

The report says:

• St. John Fisher School has been on a significant journey of improvement hence it is now outstanding

• The headteacher’s leadership is inspirational, while her Catholicity and spiritual beliefs are evident throughout the school both physically, culturally and in dealings with staff and students

• The leadership and management of the Catholic life of the school are outstanding

• All students feel safe and are happy in their learning

•  Pastoral care is a strong feature throughout the school, students and staff benefit from a dedicated chaplain

• And specifically referring to religious education, a compulsory and very academic subject taught to A level – “Standards in Religious Education are good, as is the quality of teaching and learning, the leadership and management of the department are outstanding.”

Headteacher Catherine Burnett, said:  “Moving to outstanding involves team work, dedication and a whole community approach; every member of our school community is to be commended for this result – students, staff, governors, parents and parish members alike.”

The full report is available to view on the school web site

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