Diocesan Canonical Inspection

“St Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is a good Catholic school”

DCI 2008

Extracts from our latest inspection

The overall effectiveness of the school is good. Under the strong leadership of the headteacher and his senior team, recent changes, including the appointment of an inspirational new lay chaplain, have led to a more effective and inclusive programme of Collective Worship and greater opportunities for pupils to explore their faith. The governing body has recently become more proactive in monitoring the school’s work and must continue to set high expectations and ensure that they are met.

The Catholic Life of the school is good. Pupils feel that they are at the heart of the school and are able to explain what is special about this Catholic school. The impact of the pupil chaplaincy group has been strong and they are empowered to play a greater part in developing the Catholic Life of the school.

House acts of worship are well planned and often delivered by pupils. The form time ‘Thought for the Day’ is well resourced and consistently delivered each morning. Pupils recognise the impact the lay chaplain has had on empowering them to lead worship in the school.