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26/03/2015 LORETO COLLEGE CELEBRATES EXCELLENCE FOLLOWING PUBLICATION OF ETI REPORT

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College Coleraine, has paid tribute to all the staff and students of Loreto College following the publication of an Inspection Report on the College by ETI.

The report was published recently following a general inspection of the College in early February 2015. During the week-long inspection, Inspectors observed teaching and learning, scrutinised documentation, data and the pupils’ written work and held formal and informal discussions with pupils (individually and in groups), teachers and staff with specific responsibilities, as well as surveying staff and parents through an online questionnaire.

ETI provide overall findings of an inspection in three areas: Achievements and Standards, Provision and Leadership and Management. Loreto College was graded outstanding in Leadership and Management and ETI also found the pastoral provision in the school to be “outstanding”, describing it as “rooted firmly in the Loreto ethos and philosophy” and possessing a “commitment to developing pupils who are willing and able to play their part in the betterment of society”.  The report describes working relationships as “excellent at all levels”, commenting that staff are “highly committed to the care and well-being of the pupils within an inclusive, safe and supportive school community”.  It was noted that a particular feature of pastoral care at Loreto College is how effectively it is embedded in teaching and learning across the curriculum, extending beyond the well-designed pastoral programme.

The Inspection report highlights the continued achievements of the students, with the percentage of pupils attaining seven or more GCSE grades at A*-C including GCSE English and Mathematics remaining well above the NI average for similar selective schools over the past three years. Likewise, in a similar time-frame, the percentage of pupils obtaining grades C or above in at least three A2 levels is consistently above the corresponding NI average.

With the government’s current emphasis on literacy and numeracy it is pleasing to note that, across the curriculum,  strong opportunities existed for development of Numeracy skills, whilst Literacy across the school was found to be “a particular strength”, with a “constant and effective focus on raising standards in writing, and in talking and listening across the curriculum”. The outcomes at GCE A level in English Language were found to be consistently above the average as were the outcomes in GCSE English Language and English Literature, with a year on year improvement. Outcomes in Mathematics and Additional Mathematics were also described as “above average”.

The Inspection report describes Loreto College’s students as “highly motivated, confident, ambitious and articulate.” The students are described as engaging well in their studies, setting effective targets and showing a respectful and sensitive approach to the needs of others.  The students’ behaviour is described as “exemplary”; the report enlarges on this with comments on the high expectations set both for and by students, and the excellence of the senior students as role models for their younger peers. The report found that students had access to up-to-date information in assisting the making of appropriate careers decisions and commented that they “demonstrate a good understanding of the options open to them”, as well as acknowledging the partnering of the “taught programme” with “a range of career-related events”.

Acknowledging the “outstanding” quality of leadership and management, the ETI report comments that “the senior leadership team provides sensitive and strategic leadership. Their collegial, inclusive approach to leading and managing significant change successfully inspires confidence and respect among the staff, pupils, parents and the wider community.” Meanwhile, the “middle leaders” at Head of Department or Head of Year level provide “effective leadership and management of their areas of responsibility”, and are “highly-committed, enthusiastic about their role and demonstrate a commitment to the school improvement agenda.”

With the college demonstrating its capacity for sustained self-improvement, and with words such as “excellent”, “exemplary”, “inclusivity” and “high self-esteem” emerging prominently throughout the Inspection Report, the overall conclusion was that the quality of education provided by Loreto College is “very good” and that the College is “very effectively” meeting the education and pastoral needs of its students. College Principal, Mr Michael James, commented that, with such a positive endorsement of the school, there is much to celebrate following its publication.

Mr James paid tribute to his colleagues throughout the College, whether on the Senior Leadership Team, Heads of Department, Heads of Year, classroom teachers and ancillary staff, on this tremendous endorsement of their efforts throughout every week, term and year.  Mr James also paid tribute to the students of the College, who continue to give of their best, to aspire, and to embody the core Loreto values of Freedom, Joy, Justice, Sincerity and Truth.

The full inspection report may be read here.