Catholic Schools Inspection
The Catholic Schools Inspectorate
Under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 the Bishop has the right to inspect any Catholic school or college within his Diocese to evaluate the quality of Religious Education and the Catholic nature of the school. In conducting inspections, each diocese is exercising a pastoral function on behalf of their Bishop. Inspection is one of the ways a Bishop acts as a shepherd of his schools, protecting, supporting and encouraging them. For this reason, dioceses also have a canonical and legal responsibility to ensure that the inspection of their schools witnesses to Catholic values and are compatible with both the teachings of the Church and the law of the land. Dioceses will exercise this responsibility by appointing accredited inspectors who are able to carry out this pastoral and legal function effectively.
In November 2019, the Bishops’ Conference unanimously agreed to a National Framework for the Inspection of Catholic Schools, Colleges and Academies. This provided, inter alia, for all inspectors to be accredited, on behalf of every diocesan bishop, in accordance with a nationally agreed protocol approved by the Department of Education and Formation, to inspect in any diocese.
When an inspector carries out an inspection, they are acting on behalf of the Bishop in whose diocese the school is situated. For this reason, they must be able to act with integrity as his representative and must therefore be practising Catholics in full communion with the Catholic Church
The Framework enables us to celebrate our heritage and tradition of excellence in Catholic education at the service of the Church’s mission to the world. To read our most recent Catholic Schools Inspection report, please click on the link below.
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.
KEY STRENGTHS OF THE SCHOOL INCLUDE:
- 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.”