It’s ‘Good’ news for the staff and students at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

Leadership, Catholic life, Collective Worship and Religious Education were praised in the recent Section 48 inspection which completes the Section 5 Ofsted inspection from 2017.

Inspector Pat Witte described the overall effectiveness as ‘Good’ across the board stating: “English Martyrs is a good catholic school. Staff and pupils display a sense of belonging to this highly supportive community.”

The report states: “The pupils of English Martyrs are fully committed to the Catholic Life of the school. They speak with enthusiasm about their school and feel supported by both staff and other pupils. Pupils are respectful of each other; it is clear that the Gospel value of love lies at the heart of the community.

“The behaviour of pupils is of a high standard at all times, inside and outside of the classroom. Pupils feel safe in an atmosphere where respect for all regardless of background is shown.”

“The school is highly regarded within the local community and is committed in its drive for excellence. The school works well with parents/carers and aims to ensure that they have a thorough understanding of the school’s mission and purpose.”

Stephen Hammond, Headteacher at English Martyrs said: “I am thrilled with the outcome of the report and it’s very re-assuring to receive a high level of praise from the inspectors.”

“I, the Governors and all of the staff are committed to providing a Catholic experience of the highest level to all members of the community.”

“We know we can improve further and will drive forward to be the best we can be.”

Nick Dunn, Head of Religious Education added: “The RE department, Anne-Marie, our school chaplain, and the leadership team work very hard for our students and it is pleasing to have this recognised, whilst knowing we can always improve and strive to be better.”

Anne-Marie Lavelle, the school Chaplain added: “It’s a great privilege to serve the spiritual needs of the school. We look forward to the future with great hope and to continue to offer opportunities for staff and students to grow in faith.”

You can read the entire report here