The Governors of St Cecilia’s RC High School would like to congratulate the staff and pupils for a splendid Ofsted Report following a two day visit by inspectors on the 15th and 16th October 2019.

The Leadership Team was praised for the excellent work it has initiated in raising the level of teaching and learning throughout the school. The report states: “Pupils work hard and want to achieve. Teachers have high expectations of their pupils… they support pupils well during their learning. Pupils’ needs are at the heart of all decisions made by leaders.”

Inspectors also praised staff for the quality of their classroom teaching and their support for the Headteacher, Mr Catlow and his Leadership Team, saying: “Leaders are ambitious for pupils’ learning. Leaders provide a caring community for all pupils. Staff have complete confidence in the leadership of the school.”

Pupils feel their opinions are valued. They were also praised for their behaviour both inside and outside of the classroom. There were no incidents of low-level disruption in any lessons seen by inspectors. The report states: “Pupils behave well in school. They treat their teachers and each other with respect. Pupils feel safe.”

The Governors welcome the judgement by the Ofsted team that the schools is “Good”.

St Cecilia’s is one of the first schools to be inspected under the new “Ofsted Framework” which began to be used in September. It is a very different Framework from what has been used for several years now and schools up and down the country will find it hard to comply with its demands.

The inspection judgement comes after the recent splendid set of GCSE results achieved by the Year 11 pupils. There were several excellent performances by subject departments in the GCSE results with the English Department achieving outstanding results with arguably the third best set of results in Lancashire and the best results for disadvantaged pupils.

The school has set its sights on achieving a judgement of “Outstanding” when the inspectors come to visit again in 2023.

Headteacher Mr Ivan Catlow said: “I am immensely proud of this Ofsted report, which highlights the innovation in research-based pedagogy as a real strength and affirms the direction school has taken in recent years.

“Whilst GCSE results are important, recognised in this report, inspectors found real strength in our curriculum intent and ambition for all pupils to be taught to the very highest standards.

“My ambition for every child to achieve at St Cecilia’s shone through and I can only thank the hard-working staff, but more importantly, our children for the way they respond to the high challenges presented to them every day.”

Chair of Governors, Mr Mick Flynn said: “Parents must be thrilled with the progress of the school as they are voting with their feet… this Year’s 7 intake shows the school to be oversubscribed once again. Well done St Cecilia’s!”

Click here to view the latest report:

The school day begins at 8.50am and ends at 3.05pm.

There are 5 lessons every day.   A breakfast club begins at 8.30am for those arriving at school early, pupils can buy a breakfast and chat to friends before the school day starts.  After school,  there are many activities available.  Activities like choir, band, football, netball and homework club.

How the school day looks

8.50am – 9.10am Registration 20 mins
9.10am – 10.10am Period 1 60 mins
10.10am – 11.10am Period 2 60 mins
11.10am – 11.25am Break 15 mins
11.25am – 12.25pm Period 3 60 mins
12.25pm-1.25pm Period 4 60 mins
1.25pm – 2.05pm Lunch 40 mins
2.05pm – 3.05pm Period 5 60 mins
3.05pm End of the day 6 hours 15 mins


If you would like to express an opinion about your child’s school and the quality of education and care that he/she receives there, you can do so on the OFSTED parent view website.

You will be asked for your opinion on 12 aspects of your child’s school, from the quality of teaching, to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour.

Click on the link below to have a look.

Parent view


Please note all downloads are in PDF format, you will require a PDF reader to view the documents, if you do not have a PDF reader installed why not try Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader.

If you have any further questions or comments regarding exams, please do not hesitate to contact our administration team who will be more than happy to assist you.


To Top