St Aelred’s is a good Catholic school which is following a continu-ing journey of improvement. The school is well led by a commit-ted Headteacher and a Governing Body who positively promote and develop the Catholic life of the school.
The school has a most welcoming, caring environment and its distinctive nature as a Catholic school is clearly apparent in the displays and artwork around the school.
Pupils are offered many rich opportunities to benefit from and contribute to the Catholic life of the school, all of which have a positive impact on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural devel-opment.
The school is an inclusive community with a strong sense of be-longing as is articulated by parents. Pupils enjoy coming to school and most enjoy Religious Education lessons; ‘They are fun’, explained one Year 5 pupil.
Leaders and managers have a strong sense of purpose and a clear view of the school’s strengths and areas for development. This coupled with the rate of improvement over the last eighteen months demonstrates a good capacity for sustained improve-ment.
The headteacher and Religious Education Co-ordinator give very strong leadership in the preparation of Collective Worship and value highly the considerable contribution made by the parish priest.