21 January 2022
Inspectors visited the independent Catholic day school for girls aged 2-18 with a co-ed Nursery between 30 November to 3 December 2021 to conduct a Focused Compliance Inspection combined with an Inspection of Educational Quality. The Educational Quality Inspection focuses on two key outcomes; the achievement of the pupils, including their academic development, and the personal development of the pupils, both of which were awarded the highest possible grading. The School also met all standards in the Compliance Inspection.
The key findings of the report recognises the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent stating that “throughout the school, pupils are successful, independent, and collaborative learners, both inside and outside of the classroom”. Inspectors also highlighted the school’s learning environment saying, “pupils make rapid progress in developing knowledge, skills and understanding as a result of the supportive and collaborative learning environment and the determination of the pupils.”
Focusing on the excellent quality of the pupils’ personal development, Inspectors praised the strong sense of community and identity saying, “pupils demonstrate an outstanding sense of community and identity as a school”. The report continues to say that “from the moment they join the school, pupils make rapid progress in developing their self-confidence, resilience, self-discipline, and other personal skills.”
Mrs Jo Smith, Principal of The Marist School said,
“This is a wonderful report and reflects the strengths of our Marist community. By talking to pupils, staff, parents, and leadership, the Inspectors recognised the excellence in what we do every day in all aspects of life here at The Marist. We will now look forward to building on this outcome so that we can continue to offer first-class education for all pupils of all ages at The Marist.
During their time at The Marist, the visiting Inspectors spoke highly of the pupils they met observing that “pupils are kind to each other, show respect to visitors and are extremely well-mannered.” Alongside this, pupils were keen to point to the “quality of teaching and the individualised support they receive from both teachers and pastoral staff as key contributory factors to their academic success.”
I feel this to be of particular importance and something that sets us apart from some other schools. Our high academic achievements never come at the cost of those interpersonal skills and awareness that make for a solid, confident, kind, and consequential community. At The Marist, we are the sum of all our parts and that is what constitutes a strong community; it is this that will see our students become successful young adults of the 21st century.”