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Ofsted October 2021


St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy is celebrating after being graded ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted.

Inspectors visited the school, in Glossop, over two days in October and stated in their report that the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management were all ‘Good’.

The overall effectiveness of the school, which received a grade of ‘Requires Improvement’ at its last inspection in January 2018, was also judged to be ‘Good’.

The report highlighted a number of positives including pupils’ pride in their school, the ‘ambitious’ curriculum and the work done by leaders to bring the school community together.

Inspectors said: “In almost all subjects, pupils follow a course of learning that builds steadily on what they already know towards ambitious end points. Curriculum leaders consider carefully the order in which they teach the subject content so that pupils know more and remember more over time.

“Pupils achieve increasingly well in almost all subjects. Most teachers make appropriate choices about how to teach the curriculum. They use their strong subject expertise to check pupils’ knowledge and understanding before moving on.”

Praise was also given to the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, which is made up of 25 schools including St Philip Howard, and the local governing body.

Inspectors said: “The Trust and the local governing body provide leaders with close support and challenge. Staff benefit from training provided by the Trust to improve their practice. Staff appreciate how considerate leaders are of their well-being and workload. They are proud to work at the school.”

The report praised leaders’ strong values which focus closely on doing the best for each pupil.

“The school has improved a lot since its previous inspection. Leaders’ commitment ensures that all pupils benefit from a good quality of education. They have made sure that the curriculum is ambitious for all pupils. Pupils learn a broad range of subjects,” inspectors said.

They said that pupils got on very well together and showed others kindness and respect.

“Pupils know that staff care about them and want them to be successful. They appreciate the support that staff give them and their families, particularly in response to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Staff have high expectations which most pupils respond to positively. The school is calm and orderly. Well-established classroom routines create an environment where pupils can learn,” inspectors said.

The report also highlighted work done by pupils who regularly give back to their local community.

It said: “For example, they support a local care home for the elderly and donate money to a nearby well-being project, as well as raising funds for charities further afield. Many pupils take advantage of a rich variety of extra-curricular activities, including sport, music, art, gardening and cooking clubs. Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the school. One parent summed up the views of others: ‘Leaders have transformed the school into a nurturing, aspirational environment where pupils can flourish.’”

Inspectors noted that arrangements for safeguarding were effective and pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) follow the same curriculum as their peers. They said that: ‘These pupils are well motivated, thanks to the effective support they receive from staff.”

Louisa Morris, Headteacher at St Philip Howard CVA, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Ofsted have recognised the hard work and commitment of the entire SPH community. We have been on a journey of continued improvement and both staff and pupils are immensely proud of the outcome. I would like to thank our parents and carers whom have given me their overwhelming support since taking up the Headship in September 2015. “

Sean McClafferty, Chief Executive of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, said: “As a Trust, we are all hugely proud of this outcome. For anyone who knows the school well this will not have come as a surprise. Staff, pupils and governors, supported by parents, have worked incredibly hard over a number of years to achieve this ‘Good’ judgement. Under the excellent leadership of Louisa Morris, St Philip Howard will continue to go from strength to strength.”

GCSE Results Press Release 2021

On August 12th, St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy celebrated the achievements of their Students with another set of excellent GCSE results.  The Class of 2021 have made exceptional progress and this is down to the hard work and commitment of each and every Student throughout what was not only a difficult year but past couple of years. 

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Class of 2021 have really earned each and every grade they have been awarded.  From attendance to Live Lessons throughout lockdown, to an intense 8 week period of assessments and internal exams, SPH Students have been fully committed to making the most of Year 11 and achieving the very best GCSEs possible. 

On results day, Team SPH celebrated Students’ success and hard work and smiles were seen from all as each Form were reunited for one last time to appreciate what they had achieved throughout their journey at SPH. 

The Class of 2021 progressed extremely well with a number of Students achieving the very top grades.   One Student (Dominic Rolls) even achieved 10 of the best GCSEs, including an exceptional 9 grade 9s!  Other Students that achieved a vast number of the top grades included: Poppy Newton, Libby McNamara, Caitlin Bowler, Sam Shepley, Isabella Caulfield, Mustafa Mir, Emily Ryan and Jemma McCormick and all were extremely deserving of these.

As well as this, a significant number of Students also made fantastic progress and achieved extremely well, being awarded grades significantly above their target grade in many subjects.  These included Gabriel Broady Ojero, Amelie Connell Davies, Nicole Moss and Francesca Tudor.

After what has been an extremely challenging year for all Students nationally, we as a community can be extremely proud of the young people in Glossop that have overcome these challenges and not only paved the way for their own success but become beacons of light for the future of our local community.








Glossop's St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy has received an award in recognition of the work it is doing to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students. 

It has been given by the Pupil Premium Award from the Achievement for All organisation, which works with schools across the country to improve outcomes for all pupils. 

St Philip Howard, which is part of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust, has been working with Achievement for All for two years to narrow the gap in education between ‘pupil premium’ (disadvantaged students) and non-pupil premium students.

A curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of PP pupils, meetings have been held with families to engage parents at home and bring them into school and one member of staff is responsible for overseeing the work done with the students.

The school has been working with a pilot group of 35 students and following the success of the two-year programme,  the plan is to roll the initiative out to even more pupils and become a leading school in the area. 

Deputy headteacher Mike Kays says everyone at the school was pleased to see their efforts recognised with an award. 

He said: “We worked with Achievement for All to raise outcomes for Pupil Premium pupils, improve their personal development, behaviour and aspirations and increase parental engagement. 

“We have met 12 times over a year to monitor the impact and we have had to prove we have made massive improvements and had an impact in all the above areas.  

“We have seen massive improvements in the PP pupils we have worked with, in some cases we have seen them improve by a whole grade in their GCSEs. We are delighted with this achievement and it is recognition for all the hard work the school has put into increasing outcome and opportunities. We are continuing to work with Achievement for All around achieving more and we hope to become a leading school over the next programme.” 

Headteacher Louisa Morris added: “We are delighted with the outcome of the hard work which has been done by all of our staff to ensure the quality of education is high and no pupil is disadvantaged in any way. The award recognises the huge effort that has gone around this award, but also in improving the whole of the academy.” 

Congratulating St Philip Howard was Sean McClafferty, chief executive of the St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust.

He told the Chronicle: “This award is a fantastic achievement and well deserved recognition of all of the hard work that is being done at St Philip Howard to ensure that every child gets the very best start in life.” 

Achievement For All is a not-for-profit organisation that works with early years settings, schools and colleges to improve outcomes for all children and young people.