It is with pleasure that I am sending home today with the students a copy of our Clifton Diocese Inspection Report, following a two-day inspection of our Religious Education and Catholic Life carried out by Mrs Paddy Landers on 8 and 9 October. The report confirms that our overall effectiveness as a Catholic school is outstanding, as it was following the previous inspection in 2008.

I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make such a positive report possible: the Religious Education team, led by Mrs Hinchliffe, the Senior Leadership Team, our chaplains, and our governors, especially our RE governor, Mrs Maggie Goodbody. A report as positive as this one is not created over a few days, it is the result of years of work, embedding and deepening best practice, a rich provision and a strong and clear sense of mission.

The students, as always, were very keen to show their College in a very good light and made a deep impression on the inspector with their courtesy and enthusiasm. As the report states, ‘pupils have a very good attitude towards the College, its ethos and what it provides for them. They are proud to be part of the St Gregory’s community and were very positive about it in their interviews with the inspector.’

Finally, I would like to thank you, our parents and carers. You have entrusted your children to us and from the overwhelmingly supportive feedback from the questionnaires you are more than happy with the quality of Catholic Christian education we offer. As I have said many times, outstanding does not mean we are perfect and we commit ourselves every day to maintaining and developing the quality of education in the College, but for now it is only right that we enjoy and celebrate another outstanding report.

Mr R Friel

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