10 March 2020
Woldingham School in Surrey has been rated Outstanding by Diocese of Arundel and Brighton inspectors following an inspection visit at the end of February 2020. The inspectors awarded the school the highest possible grading in each of the three categories: Catholic life, religious education and collective worship. The inspection report is available on the school’s and Diocesan websites.
Mrs Alex Hutchinson, Headmistress at Woldingham commented: ‘I was so proud to read the inspection report, especially the wonderful comments about our students, staff and the strength of our community. Woldingham really is a special place where girls thrive and flourish, and our Sacred Heart ethos shines through all that we do.'
Fr Gerry Devlin, Woldingham School Chaplain added: ‘Our recent section 48 Inspection was the first time Woldingham has been inspected by Diocesan Inspectors and I was absolutely delighted that we received a judgement of Outstanding. The Diocesan Inspection fulfils the canonical and statutory responsibilities of the local Bishop and the Outstanding result of the inspection has given us the opportunity to celebrate, promote and affirm our Catholic vision of education. This was noted by the Inspectors who said students enthusiastically talk about the school’s Catholic character and show that they recognise the school’s Sacred Heart heritage and what it means to them in their daily living.'
Head of Theology Adrian Ross said: ‘The inspection report recognises the outstanding teaching and high level of commitment shown by the Theology Department to give Woldingham students a learning experience that is academically rigorous, varied and challenging. This outstanding result could not have been achieved without the continued dedication, high expectations, enthusiasm and commitment of all members of the Theology Department.'
To read the report, please click here.