23 February 2017

St Catherine’s Catholic Voluntary Academy has been awarded outstanding in all areas following a recent inspection from the education watchdog Ofsted.

The school was applauded for ‘transforming the lives of children’s lives and helping them flourish’.

St Catherine’s headteacher Fiona Rigby was praised in the report for providing “truly exceptional leadership”.

It said that “due to her passion determination and dedication, the school has become a beacon of excellence within the community.”

The report highlights outstanding teaching and learning. It says: “Coupled with an inspiring curriculum, pupils want to learn and do their best because of authentic and worthwhile learning experiences.  Pupils are happy, motivated and excited to come to school. They demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning. They are curious, resilient and engaged in their learning.”

The head teacher Mrs Rigby said: “Our whole school community is delighted with our Ofsted report and we are proud of our pupils, families and staff.  Our school is a happy and purposeful place to be, our learning is exciting and engaging, there is always a new challenge ahead.

“We are all expected to take responsibility for our actions and to actively support one another and to foster a culture of respect and joy. We really do try to make our world a better place for everyone and I think that our vision of how schools can be came across clearly to the inspectors. “

Wincobank Infant and Nursery school was also awarded a good grade in a recent inspection and praised for giving children a ‘positive start to their education’.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “It’s wonderful to see schools across the City making such huge improvements and providing our children with fantastic education and support ensuring that every child is able to achieve their full potential.

Congratulations to all the school staff, Governors, parents, carers and of course the children for all their hard work and determination to succeed.  Special thanks too to Mrs Rigby, the Head Teacher at St Catherines, who is a real inspiration to and valued by the children, their families and the community.’