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St Bede’s Catholic College rated ‘Outstanding’ in Diocesan inspection St. Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol

St Bede’s Catholic College rated ‘Outstanding’ in Diocesan inspection

St. Bede’s Catholic College in Bristol has been rated “outstanding” in its latest inspection by the Diocese of Clifton.

The college was given the highest possible rating in all four areas following a recent visit by diocesan inspectors:

overall effectiveness, outcomes for pupils, the effectiveness of leaders and governors in developing the Catholic life of the school, and the provision of Catholic education.

life of the school, and the provision of Catholic education. St. Bede’s, which became an academy

St. Bede’s, which became an academy in 2011, opened its sixth form in September 2013 and currently has over 1,000 pupils on roll.

Both leadership and management, and the behaviour and safety of pupils, were also rated “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors who visited the college last summer.

The diocesan inspectors describe St. Bede’s as “an inclusive school where all, irrespective of their faith backgrounds, feel included in prayer and worship.”

They continue: “Students are extremely proud of their Catholic school and wholeheartedly embrace the many opportunities provided for all to grow and gain a secure understanding of the impact of faith on their lives.

“There is a palpable awareness on the part of all students that they are part of a Catholic college which has a responsibility to care for and respect others of any faith and none.”

The report also praises Principal Catherine Hughes, along with her leadership team and the school’s governors.

“The Principal has been instrumental in creating a culture of building on and improving the school’s Catholic life

at every level…

She provides clear, focused and inspirational leadership,” it says.

“The college is highly regarded by parents and considered to be a beacon of excellence. This is due in no small measure to the relentless focus on the pursuance of high standards by the principal and her leadership team.”

Inspectors also said that parental questionnaires which were completed prior to the inspection were “overwhelmingly positive in their views of the school, highlighting a strong sense of community, high standards, exceptional leadership, caring staff and a focus on strong moral Christian values.”

According to one parental response: “St. Bede’s has focused on the values that so many seek in a quality education – superior academic results, faith formation and the building of character, in a safe, caring community where my child is accepted, respected and never lost in the crowd.”

Catherine Hughes said she was delighted with the judgement of the inspectors: “Staff and pupils are justifiably pleased with this report, which paints an excellent picture of the quality of education available to families within our Diocese.”