St Mary’s College, Hull graded ‘Outstanding’ by both OFSTED and Diocesan Inspectors!

Students, Staff, Chaplains, Governors and families are celebrating following the recent Inspections at St Mary’s College in Hull. Both Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Diocesan Section 48 Inspectors concluded that the College is providing an outstanding education for its students. Indeed the work of the College was awarded the ‘outstanding’ grade in 25 of the 31 judgments.

photo of Father Burns at St Mary's College in HullVisiting the school toward the end of the summer term in July, Diocesan Inspectors report that ‘St Mary’s College is an outstanding Catholic school’. The remit of the Diocesan Inspectors is to inspect the Catholic Life of the school and the work of the Religious Education department. Their report continues… ‘The experiences and opportunities provided for all associated with the school, and the relationships which have been carefully nurtured over recent years, mean that students supported by staff, parents and Governors are given the opportunity to witness life in a Catholic, Christian community and to develop spiritually and academically to their potential’. Inspectors judged that the overall effectiveness of the College, outcomes for pupils, the effectiveness of provision and the quality leadership and management were all outstanding and awarded the highest grade for all of the 17 sub-judgement strands. The Section 48 Inspectors judged attainment in Religious Education a ‘very high’ with examination results at GCSE and A level ‘…meeting or exceeding ambitious targets’. Pupils’ response to and participation in Collective Worship was also given the highest grade. ‘Many students take the opportunity to be actively involved in assemblies, Holy Mass and classroom prayer’. Inspectors concluded that ‘…this is an outstanding example of a cohesive community’.

During the previous week in July 2010, the school experienced a full OFSTED inspection led by HMI. Their report judged that ‘…The outstanding care, guidance and support, good teaching and excellent curriculum combine to enable all students, regardless of their ability, to make outstanding progress. The Roman Catholic ethos permeates all aspects of the school…. It enables the students to develop exceptional social, moral, spiritual and cultural awareness’.

photo of St Mary's College, Hull students in AfricaHeadteacher, Ged Fitzpatrick, is delighted with the outcomes of both Inspections stating ‘This is a huge achievement for the College – for our pupils, staff and Governors who have worked so well together with great determination and skill. The reports properly highlight the importance of the team approach and a shared vision. I would like to thank all those involved with the College for their great support and ask that they continue to work with us to achieve even higher standards. I’d particularly like to congratulate our students who have worked very hard to achieve the many great things which inspectors could not help but notice. We now face the challenge of redesigning and rebuilding the school under the Building Schools for the Future programme, so that it will be fit for the children of St Mary’s College for the next 30 years.’

Full copies of both reports are available at

The full Section 48 Report can also be read at