PUPILS and staff at Coventry’s Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School are celebrating after it was praised by Ofsted and progressed from ‘requiring improvement’ in 2018 to ‘good’ in all areas now.
Inspectors praised the school for being a ‘happy place to be where pupils behaved well, achieved well and enjoyed learning’.
The inspection was originally due to take place in spring 2020, but this was pushed back almost two years due to Covid, and the school is now finally able to celebrate its achievements.
The report recognises that leaders set high expectations and pupils rose to them, that the school welcomed all pupils and that all faiths and cultures were celebrated.
It also said pupils succeeded in gaining qualifications which will take them on to their next destination.
Inspectors said Cardinal Wiseman prioritised support for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, particularly when they were anxious about returning to school following the Coronavirus lockdowns.
And the school’s sixth-form was commended for providing stimulating lessons in a range of subjects, with leaders revising the courses offered in response to students’ interests and local employment opportunities.
The school became part of the Romero Catholic Academy in 2015 after it was rated ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted. Since then, the Academy’s board of directors, school governors and senior leadership team has worked hard in conjunction with school staff to drive up standards and results.
Matthew Everett, who joined the school in 2017 and became Principal in 2021, said: “We are delighted and immensely proud of the results of our latest Ofsted inspection.
“We have been waiting for an inspection for almost two years, so it is fantastic that the results have validated what we have known all along.”
He said he was very proud of the students who played a major role in the transformation and added the results were testament to the excellent staff at Cardinal Wiseman, along with others who were no longer there but had been a major part of the journey.
Patrick Taggart, Director of Operations at Romero Catholic Academy, said: “We are incredibly pleased with the results of the latest Ofsted inspection at Cardinal Wiseman.
“As the report highlights, the school has been transformed and delivers a completely different learning and working environment.
“We have invested millions in facilities, with pupils now benefitting from improved classrooms, sports facilities, IT suites, science labs and a professional theatre.
“Matthew, his senior leadership team and all of the staff at Cardinal Wiseman have worked incredibly hard to identify areas of improvement at the school, which has resulted in improved numbers, behaviour and results.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this much-deserved achievement.”