Section 48 Report
All Church schools have a Section
48 inspection following their Ofsted inspection. Section 48
inspects Religious Education provision, collective worship and
effectiveness as a church school.
Inspections are carried out in accordance with Section 48 of the
Education Act 2005 by accredited National Society inspectors
who spend the equivalent of one day in school talking with
children and adults and gaining evidence as to how church schools
meet the needs of their learners.
Here are some quotes from our 2011 Section 48 report:
"The Barlow is a good Catholic
school in which, since the recent appointment of the current
Headteacher, there has been a reinvigoration of its Catholic Life.
The quality of leadership and management which has made this
happen, including the contribution made by governors is now
outstanding and its work is having a significant positive impact so
that, for example, the provision for the prayer life of the school,
well supported by its chaplaincy, is also now
"Pupils have developed a strong
sense of the school's Catholic mission because of their involvement
in recent discussions about its Catholic ethos and because they are
kept well informed about it."
"A strong sense of community
goes well beyond the school itself. This is well exemplified by
pupils' generous commitment to charitable activity, locally for
example through fund raising for St Joseph's Penny and the
Cornerstones project as well as further afield in helping to
support the work of a Bolivian orphanage."
"Pupils treat each other with
high levels of respect: "We all get on well with each other". They
are quite clear that this is an inclusive school where pupils look
after each other, feel very safe and differences of any kind are
respected The school is keen to gather parents views and the
results of the most recent survey indicate a very positive
appreciation of the Catholic life of the school."