The Inspection process is inevitably stressful, but at St Columba’s we always welcome the opportunity to showcase our fine young pupils and inspirational staff.
Inspections give us valuable feedback, allowing the leadership team to set targets and to feel proud of the many strengths and successes of the Columban Community.
We invite you to read the most recent reports from ISI and Diocesan Inspectors. You will find much to celebrate in these pages. We hope they inspire you to come and visit us.
ISI Inspection Report 2022
Unlike OFSTED Inspection in maintained schools, ISI reports do not give an overall grading for a school. Instead, ISI make judgements on a four point scale (Excellent, Good, Sound and Unsatisfactory).
The College has been recognised as fully compliant and ‘Excellent’ in all areas. This judgement represents the highest possible outcome that any school can achieve.
The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent
- Pupils have excellent attitudes towards their learning and their knowledge, understanding and skills are highly developed.
- Pupils throughout the school are highly effective communicators.
- Pupils are extremely reflective and have well-developed study skills.
- Pupils make effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) in most areas of the curriculum.
The quality of the pupils’ development is excellent
- Pupils’ understanding of spirituality is excellent and permeates all areas of school life.
- Pupils have a high level of social awareness, and their collaboration skills are strong.
- Pupils have an excellent moral understanding and readily take responsibility for their behaviour.
- Pupils are extremely respectful towards one another and value diversity within the school community.
ISI Inspection Report 2017
This was a Regulatory Compliance inspection in which standards are either met or not met.
The inspection report indicates that all regulatory standards were fully met throughout the College. These standards relate to matters such as the safeguarding of children, welfare health and safety, the quality of educational provision and the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils.
Diocesan Inspection Report 2018
The College was inspected by the Diocese of Westminster in October 2018. The Inspection team found that St Columba’s was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in both categories inspected, namely Classroom Religious Education and the Catholic life of the school.