15th March 2017
You will be aware that on 7th and 8th February, Ofsted carried out an inspection of our school. We are now able to share with you the outcomes from the visit.
Holy Family Catholic High School has been given an overall rating of ‘Requires Improvement’, with Good for Leadership & Management and Good for the Sixth Form.
The judgement is obviously very disappointing for all members of the school community and it will undoubtedly be very disappointing for you as parents too.
As a school we find the judgements to be very harsh when you take into consideration the inspection judgements of other schools in the North West and our performance against other schools in Sefton, on Merseyside and nationally:
- For the last two years we have been the top performing Catholic school in Sefton for our Key Stage 4 (GCSE) results (based on 5 or more GCSE A*-C grades including Maths and English in 2015, and the new main headline Progress 8 measure in 2016).
- For the last two years we have been in the top 5 (out of 19) schools in Sefton for our Key Stage 4 (GCSE) results based on 5 or more GCSE A*-C grades including Maths and English in 2015, and the new main headline Progress 8 measure in 2016).
- In 2016 we were the 4th (out of 23) best performing Catholic school on Merseyside.
- Our children achieve better than the local and national averages and in 2016 we had a positive Progress 8 score; this was only achieved by 3 other Catholic schools on Merseyside and 4 other schools in Sefton.
We are proud of our pupils’ achievements and although we are disappointed with the judgement, we will embrace their recommendations as we are committed to improving all aspects of school life for our children.
The report identifies the folllowing strengths of the school:
- The school has steadily improved its attainment over the past three years. As a result, greater proportions of pupils left the school in 2016 with good GCSE grades in English and mathematics.
- In the last two years, the school has taken in a large number of pupils from a local school which closed. These pupils have settled in well at Holy Family and most are making good progress.
- The school’s pastoral care of its pupils and students is strong. Pupils are safe and are well looked after. They are respectful, tolerant and generally well-behaved.
- The sixth form is good. Students make increasingly good progress from their starting points because teaching is effective. Many go on to university.
- The arrangements for safeguarding pupils are effective.
- Governance is strong. Governors support the school effectively and hold leaders firmly to account.
- The leadership of the Headteacher is strong. He has gradually built up parental confidence and Holy Family is now heavily over-subscribed.
In addition to the above strengths, the feedback from the pupils and students and the overwhelming majority of parents was extremely positive. I would like to thank all those parents who took the time to complete the online questionnaire.
Finally, please be assured that we remain relentless in our mission to provide the best possible academic, moral and spiritual education for our young people.
If you have any questions about the report please contact either myself or the Chair of Governors at the school.