Governors and staff at a city high school say they are ‘delighted’ with the result of the school’s Ofsted inspection.

HMI Dawn Platt said Chester Catholic High on Old Wrexham Road, Handbridge continues to offer good education following what is called a short inspection.

The HMI told head teacher John Murray: “This school continues to be good. You and your leadership team have maintained the good quality of education provided by the school since the last inspection.”

She found ‘clearly defined values and beliefs across the school’ while effective monitoring ensures Mr Murray is aware of the strengths and abilities of his staff.

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The leadership of teaching is good and staff are appropriately supported with training that develops their teaching further.

As a result staff in all specialisms are making steady improvements across all aspects of the school’s work.

Middle leaders in core subjects are ‘rigorous and knowledgeable’ and this is securing strong achievement by pupils.

The inspector said leaders at the school echo Mr Murray’s ‘high aspirations for academic achievement’.

She added: “You have selected a skilled leadership team that embraces and advocates Catholic values and drives improvements across the school.

Family feel

“The school has a distinct family feel that emphasises respect and compassion for all. Pupils are happy and loyal to their school and are encouraged to be intellectually curious and independent thinkers.

“Pupils who attended an interview with inspectors stated that behaviour is good in their lessons and that learning is rarely disrupted. You and your staff place an equal value on academic achievement and pupils’ personal development which sums up the raison d’être of the school. “

The HMI continued: “You expect all pupils to work hard and aim high. You provide a supportive environment where everyone is encouraged to strive and achieve their potential.

“The majority of pupils display pride in their work and good attitudes to learning. The pupils talked fondly about the rich and diverse extra-curricular opportunities that are available across the school.

“The support for British values and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of pupils is strong. The school’s arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leadership of this area is strong and rooted in Christian values.”

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Above national averages

‘No stone goes unturned’ in supporting individual pupils. Overall achievement in English and mathematics at GCSE is consistently strong and above national averages. Pupils’ attainment in a wide range of subjects is above national averages.

The most-able pupils make excellent progress and the proportions of students who gain the higher A* and A grades remain consistently high in a number of subjects.

Pupils who have special educational needs or disability are well cared for and receive consistent, effective support.

Governors are very well informed about pupils’ achievement and the quality of teaching within the school and ‘shine a light’ on any under performance. They insist on improvements that will continue to move the school forward. Parents speak warmly about the school and the efforts of teachers and leaders.

Mr Murray describes the findings as ‘wonderful’.