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28th June 2024

St Charles' VC Academy shouts out its Catholic identity with joy and energy

The 'Outstanding' rating from the CSI is a remarkable achievement for St Charles' school.

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St Charles' VC Academy recently received a glowing report from the Diocese of Middlesbrough’s Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI), where we were judged as being 'Outstanding' following the latest inspection. We are delighted and proud to have been judged so positively for our unwavering commitment to providing an exceptional Catholic education for all of our local children and young people.

Canon Stephen Maughan of St Charles’ parish remarked to inspectors that the essence of the school's ethos is clear: "Catholic Life is in the bones of this school." A sentiment reflected in the report which highlights the deeply ingrained values and faith that fill every aspect of daily life at St Charles’. “There is a flourishing partnership with the parish priest. He is a much loved and active participant in school life, along with his dog, Porridge, who awards certificates each week for showing kindness, patience and care towards others.”

In their feedback to our school leaders, the CSI inspectors highlighted several key areas that contributed to the ‘Outstanding’ rating,

“From the moment you enter it, this school shouts out its Catholic identity with joy and energy. The welcoming and caring atmosphere, always centred on following the values of the Gospel, ensures that Catholicity is in the bones of the school.”

Inspectors also highlighted in the feedback that “Teaching across the school is always good and sometimes outstanding, resulting in exemplary pupil behaviour, and good acquisition of knowledge “

Our Head of School Sarah Woodmansey commented “I am immensely proud to be part of the St Charles’ family. As the inspectors recognised, St Charles’ is a welcoming and caring community which has God at the heart of all we do. We pride ourselves on ensuring that we give our children the best possible Catholic Education and allow them to know and experience the immeasurable love of God, that there is joy in faith and all the wonders that this brings.’

The 'Outstanding' rating from the CSI is a remarkable achievement for St Charles' school. It reflects relentless hard work, dedication, and faith that are at the very heart of the school's community.

As we continue to develop, nurture and educate with love and excellence, St Charles' sets another shining example for Catholic education in the diocese.

Read the full inspection report on the diocesan website: