Our interactive Advent calendar has a reflection and prayer for every day. Each day also has suggestions for how to spread the word, and further reflections or activities to do on your own or as a family.
The sun shone bright on the boys and girls of the Holy Family cross country teams on Tuesday 19th November. Everyone ran magnificently in perfect conditions. The yr7 girls did well in the team event but The star of the day was Nicole Grenier, who was victorious in the senior girls age group. She will now go on to represent York and Selby Schools in the North Yorkshire Championships.
A big thank you from Mrs Hunt and all the runners to Dave Paver and his team for organising the event.
The Yr.10 Handball Mixed Squad were victorious in the Selby Schools Tournament.
Section 48 Report
I am pleased to provide you with the report of our recent Section 48 inspection. The inspection, following our successful OFSTED inspection in June, is a Diocesan inspection looking at The Catholic Life of The School and Religious Education. The inspection involved two inspectors in school completing a range of assessment activities on 3rd and 4th October.
I am delighted with the outcome, where the grade awarded by the inspectors for the overall effectiveness of the school is OUTSTANDING. In order to achieve this overall grade, the school was graded as OUTSTANDING in all of the sub-categories of the inspection. These categories are; Outcomes for pupils, The provision for Catholic Education as well as Leaders and Managers. The inspection team provided the following reasons for awarding this grade:
- There is a very strong commitment to the school’s ministry in Education in the practices of Governors, senior leaders, staff, parents, parishioners and the students themselves. This commitment is clear in the high status accorded Religious Education (RE) by staff and students alike, excellent liturgy and worship driven and led by students with staff support, and the high quality pastoral care.
- The students are excellent leaders in Catholic Life, at school, in the local primaries and in the parishes. They are articulate and confident in their faith which they live out in their daily lives.
- Leaders and Managers at all levels are highly effective in managing and developing the Catholic Life of the school including the provision for, and outcomes of, RE. The school has a clear view of its own strengths and areas for development. The school has already shown its commitment to, and success in, making further improvements.
- Standards and progress in RE are consistently very good for all groups of pupils. RE is the highest achieving department in the school.
- The quality of teaching and learning in RE is good with many outstanding features. Students make excellent progress and enjoy their RE lessons. Autistic students make good progress alongside their peers.
The school’s capacity for improvement is Outstanding, as shown by the improvements brought in and embedded in the last few years, as a result of the commitment of staff and students. Areas for improvement identified in the last inspection have generally been met and the school’s development plan shows clear foci for improvement. Best practice is shared across the school, and the Head of RE has an important role in this.
I do hope that you enjoy reading the full report and that you share my pride in this great achievement for the school community. This report along with the positive OFSTED report and record examination results in the summer all demonstrate the excellent progress being made by the school in this exciting phase of our development.
I would like to thank pupils, staff, parents and governors for their support during the inspection process.
Please use the link below to download a copy of the full report.