S48 Validation

The Diocesan Framework for the Self-Review and Evaluation of Catholic Education, originally established in 2002 and comprehensively revised in 2007 and again in 2013, is designed to assist schools in the process of reviewing the Catholic education which they provide, evaluating its content and planning its future development. It enables schools to systematically assess the nature of their Catholic identity and how effectively their pupils benefit from the curriculum and Catholic character of the school so as to inherit the teaching of Christ: "I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10.10).

The Catholic school offers an education which is religious in both its context and content. There is no area of its life or curriculum which is not relevant to its Catholic character. However, because many aspects of school life are subject to review processes by such bodies as Ofsted and ISIS, the Self-Review and Evaluation of Catholic Education focuses on the following key aspects: 

  • The school as a Catholic community
  • Curriculum religious education
  • Pupils' spiritual and moral development 

The school’s self-review report and the evidence to support it will provide the structure and format for its validation by Diocesan validators. The Validation Report fulfils the requirements of Section 48 inspection and the Bishop’s right under Canon Law to inspect religious education in schools. The inspection takes place every 5 years; here are some of the findings from our 2015 validation: 

  • St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School is a good example of a school that works hard to live out its vision to be, ‘Safe, happy and successful together with God’. 
  • Outstanding elements can be found within all sections of this report.  The challenge for the school is to build upon and extend this very good practice in order, to embed it across all aspects of the life of the school.
  • Religious education (RE) has a core place in the life of the school.  The subject leader, who displays very good knowledge and skill in supporting staff, is well placed to further develop their expertise.  The subject is valued by staff, governors, parents and children.
  • The evidence in the pupils’ books, the good quality teaching seen on the day and discussions with pupils all combine to show attainment and progress in RE are good. 
  • A varied range of worship is offered, which provides children with regular opportunities to develop their relationship with God.
  • The children exhibit very good behaviour and Christian attitudes. They are thoughtful and reflective, demonstrating the school’s very good provision for their spiritual, social and cultural development.  Moral development is outstanding.
  • The school leadership, including governors, is fully committed in its drive to further develop the Catholic life of the school.
  • Staff and children act as witnesses to their faith, through their support of one another and their support for local, national and international charities.
  • The links with the local parish are excellent and mutually beneficial.  
  • Pupils are justly proud of their school; they said the school ‘helps them to learn who Jesus is, instead of just believing in him’.
  • Parents’ views of the school are very supportive.  A very large majority of those responding to the pre-validation survey were positive about all aspects of school life.