Last term, Father Melly came to school to assess teaching and learning of Religious Education within the inspection framework. It was a very rigorous inspection where he observed lessons, spoke to pupils and scrutinised their workbooks and teacher’s planning.
He was extremely impressed with the friendliness, confidence and warmth of the pupils, their work and the progress that they are making within Religious Education and stated that there were many areas to celebrate.
“The areas for celebration in Our Lady Immaculate School could be endless.”
Father Melly acknowledged the following findings as being most notable:
“The outstanding relationships throughout the school and the outstanding relationship of the school with the parish, the home and the local and wider community.”
He acknowledged that the recommendations from the last report had been addressed; as was the time and effort that has gone into the enhancement of the learning environment inside and out. He particularly acknowledged that the new Oratory and dining room as being particularly impressive.
He was delighted and was most complimentary towards the role of the Chaplaincy Group and the School Council and other pupil groups; in the way that they influence the life of our school and help to develop and live out our mission statement, One Family, Living and Learning Together in Faith.
Fr. Melly identified the enthusiastic and energetic and creative teaching and spiritual vibrancy evidenced in lessons and Collective Worship from both staff and pupils.
He was also astounded at the charity work the children have undertaken during this year and the role that they have in leading Collective Worship and whole school assemblies. Father Melly also identified the valuable contributions made by our Chair of Governors, Bishop Tom and our Parish Priest Fr. Graeme.
We had an excellent return of parental questionnaires, which indicated that our parents also view our school as being outstanding in the teaching of Religious Education and in the social, emotional and moral development of our children.
Parents also strongly indicated that they are happy with the values and attitudes that the school teaches and are well informed regarding their child’s progress in Religious Education.
We were delighted with the findings of our Monitoring Visit.