Students and staff celebrate school’s outstanding rating

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Inspectors from the Diocese of Southwark have rated St Gregory’s Catholic School in Reynolds Lane, Tunbridge Wells, as ‘Outstanding’ after spending two days looking closely at Catholic life there.

Faith schools are not only accountable to Ofsted, which has rated St Gregory’s Outstanding since 2013, but also to the church, which looks at how the school delivers its promise to uphold its distinctiveness as a church school.

The recently published report stated: ‘The pastoral care and support provided to all students by teachers and support staff is excellent. As a result, students thrive in this highly inclusive and welcoming school where gospel values permeate all aspects of school life.’

The school is fortunate to have two chapels which are regularly used by all students, of all faiths and none, as places for collective worship as well as quiet prayer, thought and reflection.

The school’s Chaplain is Jane Ireland, who was noted for providing outstanding support to both students and staff.

Headteacher Sean McQuillan said: ‘This superb outcome is a result of the collaboration between our staff, students, parents, partner primary schools and the local community.

‘We wish to extend out thanks to our entire community for their help and support in ensuring this. We will endeavour to maintain and continue to build on the outstanding practices of our school.’

Áine Lyons, the Subject Leader of RE, said: ‘This is a well-deserved result and we are delighted that the report reflects the day-to-day ethos and activities of our school.’

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