Ten Out Of Ten For St Monica’s
A Bootle catholic primary school is celebrating its tenth outstanding inspection judgement in its birthday year!
St Monica’s, based on Kelly Drive, made history as being the first school in the country to be named on the OFSTED list of outstanding providers five times in succession. These inspection accolades were gained after OFSTED cited the school as an outstanding provider of education in 1998, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014.
The school was also rated as outstanding by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate visit in 2010. The Catholic Archdiocese has rated the school as outstanding in 2005, 2008, and 2011 – its 9th outstanding judgements in just over a decade.
St Monica’s was recently inspected by the Archdiocese for a fourth time and they were rated as outstanding again – making it a perfect TEN outstanding inspection judgements in a row.
The news comes as the school celebrates its 90th birthday and the parish church of St Monica’s reaches 80 years.
Paul Kinsella, St Monica’s headteacher, said: “The church and school have always worked closely together to form a parish which is celebrated in the Archdiocese and across the city as one with a rich history and, we believe, a bright future.
“This latest and tenth outstanding judgement is a wonderful way to celebrate our school’s 90th birthday and the 80th anniversary of our parish church. For the Archdiocese to grade our work as outstanding again is testimony to generations of great people who have served Bootle so well.
“There have been many changes over the 90 years but now we serve a diverse, dynamic and vibrant Bootle community dedicated to helping others at every level.
“At the heart of the school’s success has been the support of the wonderful children, families, staff and the whole parish community.”
To mark the achievement, throughout 2016 a display has been created with each year group studying different decades since the school and parish were formed. Starting at the roaring 20s, and moving into the depression of the 1930s, the children reflected on the fashions, literature, toys, games and history of each decade right up to present day.
Unfortunately the recent judgement was tinged with sadness as the community learnt of the death of former headteacher, Brian Mulroy, the day before the last inspection.
Brian was headteacher at St Monica’s from 1981-2002 and he set the outstanding standards which were first acknowledged under his leadership by OFSTED in 1998.
Current headteacher, Paul Kinsella, added: “The many outstanding judgements which the school has received locally and nationally all originate from the core standards which Mr Mulroy introduced.
“The school felt it fitting that they got their tenth outstanding judgement the day after he had died.”
Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Children, Schools and Safeguarding, added: “Congratulations to St Monica’s and the whole community in and around the school.
“This is a fantastic achievement and it certainly puts the superb standards of education in Sefton on the national map. Well done to everyone associated with St Monica’s.”
St Monica’s achievements have been nationally recognised and they are currently a National Support School helping others where needed.