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Special Event - Outstanding RE Inspection

22 March 2012

Staff and pupils at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School are celebrating after being classed as being outstanding in all aspects of Religious Education following a recent inspection.

The school had already been classed as being outstanding by Ofsted in February but as a Catholic school had a separate Section 48 Inspection conducted by Dominic Collins from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in March.

During his visit Mr Collins observed lessons in Year 2 and Year 5, participated in a whole school Mass, watched an assembly about Palm Sunday jointly led by Reception and Year 6 and talked with pupils, governors and the St John Bosco's two parish priests Fr Ugo from St Michael and the Holy Angels Parish in West Bromwich and Fr Burke from Holy Cross Parish who is also ther school's chair of governors.

Mr Collins was taken aback by the quality of the teaching, ethos and activities at St John Bosco. Although not all of the pupils, or indeed staff are Catholic the way everyone embraces and lives the faith is amazing. He commented on the brilliant singing and reading at Mass and assembly, the innovative approach to teaching and the extra activities including the older children visiting the local churches for events such as Stations of the Cross, actiovities in the community, sacramental preparation and support for charities such as CAFOD and Fr Hudsons.

Headteacher Ed Masterson said "I am delighted that Mr Collins agrees with what we already know, that we are a very special Catholic School, with our faith at the heart of all we do. Thanks to our priests, staff and fantastic children and families for their support. If anyone would like to see St John Bosco school, we celebrate Mass every Thursday at 9am and all are welcome."

Some pupils celebrate the outstanding verdict.
Year 6 pupils during a recent cake sale for Fr Hudson's society.

Chair of Governors and Parish Priest Fr Burke with two pupils.
Assistant priest Fr Stan from St Michael's celebrates class Mass with Year 6.