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HMI Ofsted inspected the school in November 2012 and graded it ‘An outstanding school’. 

The following excerpts come from the Ofsted report.

Students make exceptional progress regardless of their academic ability or background when they join the school

Teaching is outstanding

Students’ attitudes to learning and behaviour are exemplary

Students take part in an outstanding range of activities after school,
at weekends and during holidays

The headteacher brings inspiration and a powerful sense of direction
to leaders, managers, staff and students

The achievement of pupils is outstanding

All students have an equal chance to learn

The quality of teaching is outstanding

Teaching promotes outstanding learning in lessons

Students are eager to learn and are set challenging targets to aim for in their work

Excellent behaviour is the norm in this school because anything less would not be tolerated.  Students are unfailingly polite and well mannered

Warm and supportive relationships between staff and students and between the students themselves make it easy for them to learn

Pastoral care is outstanding

The school is ‘a happy place’ in line with the Notre Dame tradition

All students go on to further education, training or employment

Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding