We were delighted with our Diocesan Canonical Inspection Report in November 2018 which stated we were a good school overall with Outstanding elements of Catholic Life and Collective Worship.

“St Charles’ Catholic Voluntary Academy is a Christ-centred place where all members of the community ‘pray, love and learn together as one school family’. The Catholic ethos permeates through the school’s positive relationships, policies and practices so that all are valued and supported, including those most in need. Parents are overwhelmingly positive and appreciative of all that the school does. Pupils are happy and settled, eager to share their thoughts and views about school life, saying, ‘We are all like one big family! We come together and we pray together…everyone is kind to you’.

The Catholic Life at St Charles’ is outstanding. Pupils are immensely proud of their school, demonstrating exemplary behaviour at all times; they take full advantage of opportunities provided. The clear mission of the school is cherished by the committed staff team, ably supported by effective local governors. Highly successful strategies are in place to engage with and inform parents and carers about the Catholic Life of the school.

Religious Education is good. Pupils are developing strong religious literacy and show engagement in lessons: a strength is their excellent behaviour for learning. Most teachers are secure and confident in their subject knowledge: they now need to encourage pupils to write at greater length in lessons. Leaders and local governors demonstrate an unwavering drive for high academic achievement: actions plans, monitoring activities and evaluation reports confirm this commitment.

Collective Worship is outstanding. Pupils are enthusiastic about planning and leading liturgy. They convey a deep sense of respect for other faiths and are inspired by opportunities to deepen their understanding through focussed work and visits to places of worship. Staff are committed to helping pupils develop their skills: in order to further improve this aspect, they have embraced new and innovative styles of delivery, which need further embedding. Leaders and local governors are visible and inspiring models of outstanding practice.” DCI November 2018

To read the full report please click the link below:

Diocesan Canonical Inspection Report 2018