St Wilfrid’s is praised by Ofsted inspectors

St Wilfrid's Catholic High School.
St Wilfrid's Catholic High School.

A school has been praised by government inspectors for its efforts to improve learning.

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College in Featherstone was rated “good” after a visit from Ofsted.

Standards were looked at during a one-day visit to the school, which is part of the Bishop Konstant Academy Trust chain of schools.

In a letter to headteacher Helen Gilroy, Ofsted inspector Chis Campbell said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.

“A strong, focused determination to enable pupils to flourish and achieve well characterises your work, and that of senior leaders and staff.”

Ofsted said the vast majority of staff and parents who responded to a questionnaire as part of the inspection believed that pupils were safe at St Wilfrid’s

The report letter said: “Pupils confirm this view. They conduct themselves well throughout the day and have positive attitudes to their learning.

“Effective teaching is improving the progress pupils make. The vast majority of pupils attend school regularly.”

Ofsted also praised the school, on Cutsyke Road, Featherstone, for reducing the number of pupils absent from school, but recommended that more was done to improve attendance.

The letter said: “You recognise that some disadvantaged pupils do not attend regularly enough.

“You work with families and other external teams, including health services, to improve their attendance.

“This is reducing the number of pupils who are persistently absent.

“You recognise that continued work is needed to reduce this number further.”