Ofsted & Challenge Partners
Castlebar School was inspected by Ofsted in June 2018 and were judged an Outstanding School.
- The leadership team has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You, your leadership team and governors have sustained a culture of high aspirations and excellent outcomes. You are determined to keep improving the school by refining structures, using the latest research and evaluating the school’s performance against the highest standards.
- A particular strength of the school is that staff are highly expert in supporting pupils’ needs because they know the pupils very well.
- You place pupils’ needs, high-quality teaching and successful learning at the heart of everything you do. Strong partnerships exist with parents and carers, who are full of praise for this outstanding school. Typical comments from parents include, ‘Everybody goes beyond the call of duty’, ‘The school is like my child’s second home’ and, ‘We were unsure about sending our child to a special school but now our opinion has changed. Such an amazing school’.
- The curriculum provides excellent opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, as well as promoting their awareness of British values. Pupils are well prepared to succeed at the next stage of their education, including starting Year 1. Parents appreciate the various workshops related to the curriculum on offer, as these help them to support their child’s learning at home.
Challenge Partners Review Report
In January 2018, Castlebar took part in a Challenge Partners Review to review the quality of teaching, achievement and school improvement strategies at Castlebar School.