Post date: Jul 26, 2013 1:57:01 PM


Following on from the recent OFSTED inspection for which St Hugh’s Catholic Voluntary Academy was judged Outstanding for all aspects, the school has received a Section 48 Religious Education Inspection. The key findings are summarised below.

Inspection judgements for St Hugh’s

Overall Effectiveness - OUTSTANDING

Catholic Life - OUTSTANDING

Collective Worship - OUTSTANDING

Religious Education - OUTSTANDING

St Hugh’s is an outstanding Catholic school which makes outstanding provision for Catholic education. The school is a very welcoming and inclusive community which upholds the precepts of the common good. Priorities since the last inspection have been met fully and there is a continuous drive for improvements for the good of the whole school community.

The Catholic Life of the school is outstanding. School leaders and staff have a shared vision with high expectations with regard to the Catholic mission and ethos of the school. Staff are superb role models, they are proud of their school and collaboration is a feature of their work together. Key strengths of the school are the excellent relationships which exist between home, school and parish. Parents participate fully in school life and they have a high opinion of the school community. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is outstanding.

The quality of Collective Worship in the school is outstanding. Pupils are very well equipped in planning and leading worship and the staff create opportunities for them to do this effectively. Liturgical formation of the staff is given a high priority by the school leaders.

The quality of Religious Education in the school is outstanding. All teaching and assessment for learning is at least good with the majority of delivery being outstanding. As a consequence and in every aspect, outcomes for pupils in Religious Education are outstanding. Pupils enjoy and value their Religious Education and all groups of pupils make excellent progress.

Once again I would like to thank everyone who works with the school to make it such a successful and nurturing environment. The school also received the following commendation from Peter Giorgio Assistant director of Inspections:

“On behalf of Bishop Malcolm and all at the Diocesan Education Service, I would like to congratulate you and all of your staff on such a superb report which clearly reflects Catholic education at its very best. Well done to all of you and thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Church’s mission of education in the Diocese of Nottingham.”

A full copy of the report can be found on the Nottingham Diocesan website.

Gregory Hughes Headteacher

Fr John and the parishioners of St Hugh’s extend their sincere congratulations to Mr Hughes, his staff and his pupils on such an excellent Ofsted year!

We wish all of our school teachers/staff/pupils, and those at university and college, a very happy summer holiday.