Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.
The St Columba’s Primary School page on the Ofsted website can be viewed here
December 2018: Short Inspection: Outcome – Good
Diocesan Inspection Report
St Columba’s RC Primary School is an outstanding Catholic school because:
Catholic Life at St Columba’s is outstanding. The headteacher, senior leadership team, all staff and governors have high expectations and share a vision with regard to the Catholic mission of the school.
Collective Worship is outstanding. High quality Collective Worship is central to the life of the school; it binds the whole school community together. Parents describe the impact of Collective Worship on their children as ‘profound’.
Religious Education is good. Teachers have a clear understanding of the value of Religious Education which they communicate effectively. Leaders have clear plans for further improvements.
St Columba’s is a good Catholic school with many outstanding features. It is very clear as soon as you enter the school that the prime purpose is Catholic education, helping children to develop their faith to understand that God loves them. The quality of Religious Education is good. The areas for improvement from the last inspection have all been addressed and the school is continuing to ensure that all pupils make good progress because of good teaching. The Catholic Life of the school is outstanding. Governors, senior leaders and staff have high expectations and a shared vision with regard to the Catholic mission and ethos of the school. Pupils make an outstanding contribution to the Catholic Life and take a leading role in activities which promote the school’s ethos within the school and wider community. The quality of Collective Worship is good. Prayer is central to the life of the school and a key part of every school celebration.