St John Bosco is top of the class, say inspectors

By Simon Hart

St John Bosco Arts College has been graded ‘outstanding’ in a glowing report by the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

The all-girls secondary school in Croxteth was recently visited by Archdiocese of Liverpool inspectors who spent the day observing lessons and talking to staff and pupils, and awarded it a Grade 1 for its Catholic life, religious education and collective worship.

The report praised the ‘high quality of teaching and planning’ at the school, together with the high expectation culture.

The inspectors – who had a particular focus on the quality of religious education – said that the school had a ‘long period of sustained success in the department and a strong Catholic commitment’ and went on to highlight the pupils’ good behaviour and attitude: ‘There are the highest levels of mutual respect and behaviour amongst pupils. Pupils feel safe and secure at school because of the effective pastoral system rooted in reassuring their confidence.’

The college aims to educate each student to act as responsible Christian members of their community – an essential element of the ethos of St John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order.

Head teacher Darren Gidman said: ‘We’re delighted that the school has received such a positive report from the Archdiocese inspectors, which recognises our commitment to Catholic life, religious education and collective worship.

‘The report reinforces our approach to focus on encouraging the development of the whole student through our Salesian ethos of Christian values, high expectations and exemplary behaviour.’