Our Catholic schools and academies are an important part of the mission of the Church in our diocese.

Catholic Schools Inspectorate Inspections (CSI) and Interim Monitoring Visits (IMV) enable the Bishop to assess systematically the work of his schools thus provide the diocese with opportunities to support, evaluate and promote this vital work in the mission of the Church.

The purpose of monitoring and inspection is, therefore, to assist the school in its continuing work of self-evaluation. This is realised through the identification of particular strengths, areas requiring further improvement and through progress made since the last inspection both in the Catholic life of the school and through standards achieved in curriculum Religious Education.

Schools are inspected at least every five years by Inspectors appointed by the Diocese:

  • Schools that last received a S48 inspection from March 2016 (who have not yet received a CSI Inspection) and March 2018 can expect to receive a CSI Inspection during academic year 2023/2024.
  • Schools that last received a S48 inspection from March 2018 (there is some overlap to even out the distribution of inspections across the five-year cycle) to March 2019 should expect a CSI inspection during 2024/2025.

    “Inspection provides an opportunity to support, challenge, evaluate and promote the work of Catholic schools and colleges.¬† It also enables the Diocese to celebrate with schools their sense of identity and their strengths as Catholic schools.”


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