St John Bosco Catholic Primary School was inspected by the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI) in January over two days and has maintained its ‘Outstanding’ rating.

St John Bosco is a family we are proud and lucky to be part of.

That is how one parent summed up her experience of the Sunderland primary school, which is part of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, to inspectors from the Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI) on their recent inspection.

CSI lead inspector Elaine White said in her report: “The Catholic life and mission of the school is outstanding in every regard, offering exemplary pastoral support to staff, pupils, their families, and the wider community. Leaders at all levels are inspirational witnesses to the gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. Pupils demonstrate a deep sense of belonging to this welcoming and inclusive community.

Staff at the school are “exemplary in their relationships and provide the highest levels of pastoral care and outstanding service to the community” and make an “exceptional contribution” to St John Bosco’s Catholic life and mission. Pupils behave “exceptionally well, are polite and appreciate all the school offers them.”

The rhythm of the school day is built around regular prayer and a focus on the liturgical year offers a variety of opportunities and experiences.” The report commented that prayer is the “heartbeat of every school celebration” and is central to its life. “As a result, these opportunities make a significant contribution to the spiritual life of the whole school community. The importance of a range of prayers is understood and valued by staff and pupils.

Lead Trust chaplain Liz Boylan said: “The new framework is tough and St John Bosco was one of the first schools to be inspected under the new framework, therefore achieving an Outstanding rating is phenomenal.

Headteacher Lianne Peart said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our most recent CSI inspection which reflects the hard work and dedication of the whole school community.

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