Students at All Hallows Catholic College, a co-operative Business and Enterprise College in Cheshire, dazzled the Ofsted inspectors, who remarked that the College “is as perfect as it can be” during their recent visit to the Voluntary Academy in Macclesfield. Inspectors were equally inspired by the Catholic College ethos and awarded the highest possible grade of ‘Outstanding’ in all areas including the Sixth Form. This is the second time the College has received an ‘Outstanding’ result and the inspectors congratulated the Principal and all the staff for achieving such an impressive outcome and flourishing, even when expectations have never been higher.
The innovative College was praised for the quality of teaching and learning which allowed their students to “make rapid progress in a wide range of subjects”. The Principal, Mr Billings, senior and middle leaders, teachers and governors are said to provide outstanding leadership not just through a “relentless focus on improving teaching” but also “the personal development of students”, with each individual valued and nurtured.
All Hallows students’ attitude to learning and behaviour is ‘Outstanding’ and students are “keen to do as well as they can”. The faith and values of the college play a “major part in students feeling well prepared for the next phase of education and life in modern Britain”.
Mr Billings said: “We couldn’t be more pleased. I am so proud of everyone. We are always striving to be the best we can and it is wonderful to have such public recognition.” He added, “I put the comments on integrity and ambition down to a clear set of values inspired by faith and co-operation”, saying opportunities for staff and students flowed from the co-operative partnership.
Jacqui Feely, Chair of Governors, commented: “The Governors are over the moon with the result and the report, which captures the excellence and extent of the care for young people at the heart of All Hallows. This is a well-deserved result achieved by the whole team working together each and every day.”