PRAISE FOR HOLY CROSS from ETI INSPECTORS
The success of Holy Cross College has been recognised by the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) who conducted a follow-up inspection of the college on 22 March 2012. The report of this inspection was published on Monday 30th March 2012 and can be accessed at www.etini.gov.uk
The report highlights strengths in many aspects of educational provision in Holy Cross including the high quality of teaching and learning, the very effective learning support policy and practice and the very good leadership and management.
It is reported that the quality of teaching in almost all (95%) classes observed during the inspection process was good or better. The good working relationships between the teachers and pupils is highlighted. The high level of engagement of the teachers with the review of development work is noted as a significant strength. The broad curriculum provision which meets the diverse needs of the pupils is praised as is the rigorous use of performance data to enhance learning.
Learning Support is highly commended. The very good arrangements for supporting students with special educational needs are highlighted. The report confirms the effectiveness of the new learning support policy and practice. It also recognises the high quality staff development that is in place. Indeed this approach to staff training and development will be flagged up as good practice in other school inspections and shared with other schools by ETI.
The report confirms the ‘very good leadership and management which is focused on effective self evaluation leading to improvement, particularly in learning and teaching’. The Principal and Senior Leadership Team are commended for the very effective monitoring and evaluation which is firmly embedded in the culture of the college.
Mrs Maria Doherty, Principal of Holy Cross College, welcomed the findings of the report.
‘It is evident from the ETI report that the college has important strengths and high standards in its educational and pastoral provision. Strategies are in place to ensure that these high standards are sustained and that all students strive to achieve to their full potential’.
Mrs Doherty acknowledges the commitment of all staff and students in contributing to this very positive report.
‘I am very proud of Holy Cross College. We have come through a very successful amalgamation of our three former schools and are now well settled in our new school building. We have created an ethos of care and respect for all and this is visible in the daily routines of college life. The Senior Management Team and Staff will continue to strive for excellence and improvement especially in public examinations The student is at the centre of everything we do, this is instrumental to our continuing success in all aspects of college life.’