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Notre Dame receives one outstanding and two goods in Catholic Schools inspection

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Wednesday 15 November 2023

Notre Dame Du Rosaire primary school has been given an 'outstanding', and two 'goods' following an inspection by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate.

The Inspectorate follows the same system as Ofsted, assessing areas and rating them on a scale of 1-4.

Notre Dame received a 1, or an outstanding, for its approach to Catholic Life and Mission, an extremely high rating. The inspection report said the school was excellent at promoting the social teaching of the church through charity work, Fairtrade status and Laudato Si. Through this work, the report said, pupils were able to identify why and articulate how the Catholic faith influences action.

It also said the behaviour of pupils was exemplary, respect was shown to all, and Notre Dame was an inclusive and happy school.

The school was also awarded a 2, or 'good', for Religious Education, and a 2 for Collective Worship.

Mary Robertshaw, Headteacher at Notre Dame Du Rosaire, said:

"I'm delighted to see all of our staff's hard work reflected in this report. We take great pride in reflecting Notre Dame's Catholic character in general school life, and in turn showing how those strong values drive the inclusive ethos of our school community. To have this recognised in such positive words by the Inspectorate is wonderful.

"I am very proud of all of our pupils, staff and supportive parents, carers and community. There were of course some points to learn from in the report, but it was very positive about what we do, so we will continue to build on that and develop our current curriculum to make it stronger still."

The report also highlighted that Christ was clearly at the centre of the school community, and how that drove a strong culture of welcome to all. It commended the strong leadership of Mrs Robertshaw and her team, and it highlighted how great pride was taken in ensuring the school environment reflected its Catholic character.

The full report can be read here: Ofsted and RE Inspection Reports | Notre Dame Du Rosaire Primary School

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