From September 2022, the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI), brings together the diocesan school inspectors of England and Wales into one body; recently it started its inaugural work of inspecting Catholic schools. It acts under the new National Inspection Framework which was agreed by the Bishops earlier this year.
Pupils, parents, teachers and governors welcomed this new inspection at Saint Patrick’s which is set to advance the Catholic mission of Catholic schools
The CSI and new National Inspection Framework aim to improve the rigour, consistency, objectivity, oversight, and accountability of inspections and in December; inspectors spend two days looking at Catholic life and mission, Religious Education and Collective worship.
The report has now been published and it states:
The school’s mission ‘With Jesus, we love, grow and succeed’ is lived out by all. Pupils understand it exceptionally well, and even the youngest pupils can confidently explain what it means to them in their daily lives. This extremely positive response from pupils is because of the example of leaders and staff who embrace the mission and are dedicated to securing it.
Pupils are in absolutely no doubt that they are loved and valued in all of their God-given uniqueness because the staff are so committed to caring for and nurturing every single child in their care”
The CSI logo takes as its logo the bishop’s crosier, which is a symbol of his pastoral office. Inspection is one of the ways the bishop acts as a ‘good shepherd’ to his schools. The different parts of the crosier have traditionally been interpreted in ways that reflect the ways this care will be evident in the inspection process. The curve of the crosier directs the straying back onto the right path; the pointy end prods those who are stuck and prompts them to get moving; and the bar between the two supports all the rest.