Ofsted 2020

Our recent visit from Ofsted confirmed our school continues to be a GOOD school.

Their report clearly validates what we already know about our outstanding school family. Extracts from the report include:

  • “This is a school where pupils are confident, full of life, and considerate of others. Pupils are known well and cared about. Pupils behave well and work hard in class.”
  • “Pupils said that they feel safe and can be themselves in this school community. Bullying almost never happens.”
  • “Pupils said the wider curriculum is a strength of the school. It provides them many new experiences. Staff go out of their way to provide pupils with extra activities and school trips. Pupils use these opportunities to find out about the wider world and what they enjoy and are good at.”
  • Staff help all pupils to access the curriculum equally. Most parents and carers of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are full of praise for the school. They say their children receive excellent support from staff. They achieve well.”
  • “Pupils develop as good and successful citizens. They learn how to contribute and make a difference to the world in which we live.”
  • “Pupils pay attention, try hard and behave well in lessons. This good behaviour extends beyond lessons. Pupils are happy and orderly between lessons, and at break and lunchtime.”
  • “Most pupils achieve well in their examinations, across almost all subjects. This includes pupils with SEND, who move on to well-chosen courses after Year 11. Disadvantaged pupils’ examination results are improving year on year.”

An overwhelming number of parents endorsed the school through the Ofsted online survey saying how safe and well taught their children are at the school.  Good teaching, challenging problems and diligent marking ensure that students are eager to learn, achieve well and are proud of their school.  High quality care and support, and a family atmosphere promote a high level of attendance and a good standard of behaviour.

We are so pleased that Ofsted has seen the fantastic achievements of our pupils, their determination to work hard and succeed, and the dedication of their teachers.  The inspectors confirmed just how good our school really is – we are thrilled!

Head Teacher, Nicola Oddie




Catholic Schools Inspection 

In November 2014 we were inspected under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. This inspection evaluates the quality of Religious Education and the Catholic nature of our school.


  • The vision and commitment of the Governors, Head Teacher and senior leadership in creating the climate for a Gospel based education is rapidly improving the school.
  • The warmth of welcome, inclusion, witness and outreach of the school to those in the greatest need is inspirational.
  • The quality of the care and welfare of all within the school is outstanding.

“Brownedge St Mary’s RC High School is outstanding in its welcome and care for one another and visitors. The school has initiated a clearly understood culture and ethos of inclusion and welcome.”

Diocesan Report