Thomas Becket Catholic School rated ‘GOOD’ by Diocese of Northampton
Students and staff at Thomas Becket Catholic School are celebrating after receiving a ‘GOOD’ rating from the Catholic Diocese of Northampton during its recent inspection.
As part of a routine inspection of Denominational Character and Religious Education, (under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005), the inspectors reported that “Thomas Becket Catholic School is a good Catholic school. An energetic and committed headteacher and senior leaders are effectively re-establishing a strong Catholic ethos where ‘Christ’s Love is our Foundation.’”
The report continued: “Pupils and parents told inspectors that the school felt like a family. ‘We chose it because of its sense of community and love’ wrote one family. Pupils are well mannered and display good behaviour.” Inspectors added that they were impressed by the “clear sense of community … the quality of relationships between and amongst pupils, teachers and support staff.”
Other highlights included:
- The practice of prayer and worship…has created a real community where teaching and learning can flourish and individuals realise their potential.
- Behaviour for learning is good because lessons are calm and purposeful. Religious education contributes significantly to both the academic and personal development of pupils.
- Pastoral care for members of the school community is a strength of the school.
- Teachers know their students well and plan and deliver lessons that are well designed to encourage and challenge them to advance their learning.
- Pupils know and understand the new mission statement, ‘Christ’s Love is our Foundation’ having participated in the collaborative process by which it was developed. They increasingly feel part of the school community and show in many ways that they recognise that they are loved.
- Pupils who joined the school during the year told inspectors how they were welcomed and supported by established pupil members and also by the headteacher.
- The school has a full range of media channels through which it communicates with parents and carers of pupils and with the wider community.
- The chaplaincy provision is significant in supporting and promoting the Catholic life of the school as a whole and also seeks to accompany individuals on their own journey of faith and belief.
- Local clergy who celebrate Mass and special liturgies for the school and the Trust are complimentary about pupil behaviour.
Focusing on the importance of a strong Catholic ethos guiding every part of school life, inspectors also noted that: “The school chaplain helps animate prayer and worship throughout the school in a variety of thoughtful ways…Besides leading collective worship in local Catholic primary schools, other initiatives include fundraising for a local hospice and supporting a local foodbank, which made a great impression on those involved.”
The report continued: “An increasing number of pupils apply to become members of the ethos group and take up other opportunities to serve the school community in a variety of capacities. These pupils manifestly benefit and grow as individuals as a result of the responsibilities and opportunities that these roles provide.
“Pupils’ spiritual and moral development is one particular focus that regularly benefits from the voice of pupils.”
Mark McLaughlin, Headteacher, said: “I am delighted that Thomas Becket has been recognised as a good Catholic school. As well as observing the Catholic life of the school, this inspection scrutinised the behaviour around the school, the relationships between staff and students, and the teaching and pastoral care of the students - I am delighted to receive such a positive report that reflects all of our work together.
“I am so proud of the students, staff, parents and the supportive network surrounding our school - they really deserve this recognition and should be incredibly proud. We have been challenging the staff to love the students here and they really do - it is forming the foundation of an extraordinary school.
“I would like to thank the whole school community, and the wider Catholic community, for all of their support. This is a great start to the year and everyone is very excited about what the future holds.”