Inspection plays a valuable role in supporting the work of self-evaluation and continuous school improvement.  It also allows an opportunity to support, challenge, evaluate and promote the work of Catholic schools.

Catholic School Inspections (CSI)

The purpose of Denominational Catholic School Inspection (CSI) under Canon 806 and Section 48 is to report to and advise the Bishop of the Diocese on the quality of classroom religious education and the Catholic life of the school. Inspection also provides an opportunity to inform parents/carers and the wider community on the quality of religious education and celebrate the school’s efficacy as a Catholic community. Inspections are undertaken by trained diocesan inspectors appointed by the Bishop.  

The CSI Documents for Schools and CSI Documents for Inspectors are being updated in light of the new national inspection framework. If your school has any questions you can contact our PM CSIU coordinator here

Ofsted Inspections

Ofsted is an abbreviation of the Office for Standards in Education. Ofsted is a non-ministerial department of the UK Government with responsibility for inspecting and regulating maintained schools, academies and some independent schools. Schools are required to publish their most recent Ofsted report on their website, you can also access reports on Ofsted’s website:

Ofsted – School Inspection Handbook

This handbook is primarily a guide for Ofsted inspectors on how to carry out inspections of maintained schools and academies under section 5 of the Education Act 2005.

Ofsted also publish this for schools and other interested parties so that they are aware of Ofsted’s inspection processes and procedures under the education inspection framework (EIF).