Section 48 Inspection

St Anselm's was inspected in June 2016 and was judged by the inspection team to be an 'outstanding Catholic school where everyone is encouraged to feel valued and to strive for excellence.


'The Headteacher provides clear and highly effective leadership. Governors work closely and effectively with the Headteacher, challenging and supporting as appropriate. Governors have a clear vision and purpose for improving the quality of the Catholic life of the school. They keep themselves informed of the standards in Religious Education and ensure that the school implements their plans for further improvement. 

A strong Catholic identity is evident in the religious displays throughout the school and in the excellent relationships between all members of the community. Each person is respected and cared for. Pupils’ outstanding behaviour and high levels of engagement demonstrate their pride in their school and themselves. They clearly articulate an appreciation of the outstanding pastoral care they receive from staff. Parents’ questionnaires show that they are totally supportive of the school. Comments such as “we love the school” and “it is a warm and welcoming school” sum up the value parents place on the provision and leadership of the school.'

Section 8 Inspection

A short inspection took place in June 2019 by HMI OFSTED.


The inspection team recognised that the school has continued to improve effectively since its last inspection and it continues to be 'good'. The report celebrates the achievements of our children, staff, governors and parents and part they play in the school’s success.


'The leadership of the school remains strong. It is driven by well-articulated Christian values and a clear vision.'


'Pupils are confident, well mannered and articulate.'


'Pupils  are enthusiastic about school and enjoy learning. Pupils are motivated and behave well, both during lessons and throughout the school day.'


'Pupils say they are free from bullying and they like the use of ‘worry eaters’, where they can post their worries confidentially and know that an adult will provide support.'


'Pupils feel safe at school and know how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations, both within school and beyond.'


'Teachers show passion in their teaching and have high levels of subject knowledge. This enables them to engage pupils and ask challenging and probing questions to deepen pupils’ thinking.'


'Parents speak very highly of the school and are delighted with the progress their children make.'