St Benedict’s Catholic High School in Whitehaven has been rated as 'good' by Ofsted.

The school has been given the judgement following an inspection in December.

Inspectors recognise that the school has been through considerable change over the last few years, but that standards continue to improve and behaviour is good.

The report says: "There have been considerable changes in staffing, as well as a move into a new building. However, stability is returning to the school. Pupils are happy and safe in this school. They like the new school building."

Inspectors have also praised the school's curriculum, which they say is well ordered.

"Teachers have high expectations of learners. They have developed a curriculum that focuses on the key knowledge that pupils need. Across all subjects, this knowledge is ordered carefully through all key stages."

Emma Jackson, headteacher, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the school has been judged as good in all areas. It is testimony to the hard work of all the staff and students over the last two years. We are particularly pleased that Ofsted acknowledged the good behaviour in school and the rich and varied experiences our pupils receive.

“We will continue to provide the good standard of education that our parents and the wider community have come to expect, as we move forward in our new building at Campus Whitehaven.”

The inspection focused on three key areas - art geography and maths.

During their visit, inspectors acknowledged the vast amount of information that pupils have to learn in maths. They recognised that disadvantaged pupils in particular, do not achieve as well in this subject as they do in others. They asked that the school continues to raise expectations about what pupils can achieve in all subjects, including maths.

Mrs Jackson said that leaders are aware that maths needs to meet the needs of all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged.

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