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Mount Carmel R.C. High School were visited by a team of Ofsted inspectors in October as part of the current 3 year inspection cycle of ‘Good Schools’.  A new Ofsted framework was introduced in September 2015 and Mount Carmel was the first secondary school in the Lancashire Education Authority to be inspected under this more rigorous and demanding framework.

The main purpose of the inspection system is to assess the schools self-evaluation against clear success criteria in the following areas; leadership & management, teaching and learning, personal development and outcomes for pupils.

The Ofsted team agreed with the school’s own evaluation that the quality of teaching, learning and assessment was at least ‘good’ and they also saw effective actions being taken to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development along with their physical well-being. Safeguarding of pupils was also recognised as being effective.  Ofsted judged all these criteria as being ‘good’.

The overall effectiveness of the school however was judged as ‘requiring improvement’. This was due to the school not demonstrating enough convincing evidence that it is rapidly improving attainment and progress to secure a ‘good’ judgement.

Our Headteacher Mr Bowers explained “This is mainly due to the legacy of examination results since our last inspection rather than the quality of teaching, learning, attainment and progress made by pupils currently in school. While we are disappointed with the overall Ofsted judgement we accept the decision and are determined to demonstrate the improvements that Ofsted have identified.”

“We are extremely pleased and proud to maintain our Good judgements for; Effectiveness of leadership and management, Quality of teaching, learning and assessment and Personal development, behaviour and welfare and we are determined to build on the success of the examination results of 2015 in 2016 to ensure a good judgement in the ‘outcomes for pupils’ criteria. As a result of these very positive judgements we will not require the usual termly monitoring visits from an Ofsted inspector but we will have another Ofsted inspection within 12 to 24 months.  This will provide us with an opportunity to demonstrate our progress within this period and we are confident we will secure ‘good’ judgements across all criteria and therefore secure an overall ‘good’.”

“There were many positive comments made by the Ofsted inspectors during their visit and echoed in their subsequent report and we would like the community to take the time to read the whole report (see the link below) and recognise that Mount Carmel is a school that is undergoing a massive transformation. We have made changes to the leadership and management team and have recently appointed senior and middle managers who are transforming the teaching and learning and building a strong foundation for improvement. We will be pleased to speak to any families who may have questions about the report.”

Mount Carmel Chair of Governors, Mr David Rushton sent this message “On behalf of the Governors I feel that we have much to be proud about in our latest Ofsted Report. Obviously we are disappointed with the overall judgement but the positives shine through the findings in so many ways, that we can be really proud of the report. We now have clear issues to address and these are already progressing. I can assure you that the school governor’s will continue to support Mr Bowers and all the staff but will also closely monitor how the key issues are moving forward and believe that very soon we will be in a strong position as a school to secure an overall ‘Good’ judgement.

We will continue to ensure that each student at Mount Carmel will achieve the best results they are capable of. We trust in the ability and commitment of all our staff (teaching and non-teaching) to take the necessary steps for us to achieve the very best standards for our students. I would like to repeat Mr Bowers thanks to all involved for the tremendous work put in before and during the inspection.”


Weblink to the Ofsted report – October 2015

Letter issued to parents/carers – October 2015

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