Ofsted & Diocese Inspections

Mount St Joseph was last inspected by Ofsted on the 11th February 2014.

The full report can be accessed from the Ofsted website.

  • Mount St Joseph is a good school, achievement in English is outstanding, leadership and management is outstanding.
  • The achievement of students is good with students making rapid gains.
  • The quality of teaching is good overall with some that is outstanding.
  • The behaviour of students is good. They are keen to learn, work hard and work together well. They respond well to good teaching and learn rapidly.
  • Attendance is above the national average for secondary schools.
  • The school’s work to ensure that students are safe and secure is outstanding. The alternative provision for older students makes a strong contribution to the achievement of the students involved.
  • Students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is strong.
  • The headteacher and other leaders are passionate about the care for and success of students.
  • Governors have a good understanding of the school and parents are very positive about the work of the school.

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Mount St Joseph was last inspected by the Diocese of Salford on the 21st April 2016.

The full report can be accessed by selecting the attachment at the bottom of the page.

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On 21 April 2016 the school was inspected in accordance with Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The full report has been made available to the school and can also be accessed via both the school website and the Education section on the website of the Diocese of Salford. 

Overall Effectiveness of the School

Mount St Joseph’s is an outstanding Catholic school, where the mission statement of ‘believers, learners and friends’ is central to work of the school. Governors and school leaders are clear in their mission for all pupils and inclusive to the most vulnerable, challenged and needy. Partnerships with parents are very strong. Tolerance, respect, reconciliation and love for all are qualities exhibited and nurtured at all times in every situation. Positive relationships form the basis on which pupils are encouraged and loved to grow in their faith. This is supported by the adult community, who display a strong commitment to their work, unified in a common purpose to celebrate and build upon the successes of this rich, dynamic and positive community. Pupils make progress above the national average in religious education. Significant resources underpin the valued outreach work that takes place with other networks and partners across parishes, which is supported by varied opportunities for outstanding work in the formation and development of pupils and adults.

Key Strengths of the School Include:

  • A strong pastoral system that bears witness to Jesus Christ through a well lived out mission statement that celebrates diversity and inclusivity.
  • Excellent outcomes as a result of consistently good or outstanding teaching in religious education.
  • Strong purposeful leadership at all levels, including pupils, ensures the school’s mission as a Catholic school is made known to all.

Quotes from Section 48 inspection by the Diocese of Salford:

  • “Mount St Joseph is an outstanding Catholic school, where the mission statement of ‘believers, learners and friends’ is central to work of the school. Governors and school leaders are clear in their mission for all pupils.”  
  • “The inclusive nature of the school is lived out and can be seen in relationships and behaviour.”
  • “The school is pro-active in spreading its Catholic mission in the wider community by engaging with families, parents, and partner primary schools.”    
  • “Mount St Joseph is a school where all pupils show respect for each other and undertake frequent, acts of compassion and kindness to others.”    
  • “The ‘community of learners, believers and friends’ have great affection for all and daily events demonstrate this is the case.”  
  • “Positive relationships form the basis on which pupils are encouraged and loved to grow in their faith.  This is supported by the adult community, who display a strong commitment to their work, unified in a common purpose to celebrate and build upon the successes of this rich, dynamic and positive community.”  
  • “Significant resources underpin the valued outreach work that takes place with other networks and partners across parishes, which is supported by varied opportunities for outstanding work in the formation and development of pupils and adults.”  

"A Community of Learners, Believers and Friends."