Our school has recently been reviewed by the Education Review Office, (August 2012). Below are some excerps of that review. Read the whole review here.
What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?
Catholic Cathedral College is a coeducational, integrated, Years 7 to 13 secondary school. The school’s special character reflects its strong Catholic values.
The roll is steadily increasing and is culturally diverse. The school culture is welcoming, inclusive and respectful. Students spoken with by ERO were proud of their school, its family-like nature and safe learning environment.
How well does this school use achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement?
The school is making positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement. The newly appointed principal is setting high expectations for students and teachers. Staff and students spoken with by ERO were very aware of this lift in expectation and are responding positively.
Students benefit from extensive and effective pastoral support. Teachers and leaders work well together to build students’ wellbeing and self esteem. They recognise the importance of these in making sure students are able to engage with their learning.
How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?
The school has experienced challenging times and has come through these with a renewed energy and sense of purpose. The board and newly formed leadership team have a strong focus on raising student achievement.
The senior leadership team has a clear vision for school improvement and is gaining good support from staff and students. The good level of communication and consultation by leaders is widely appreciated. Their purposeful approach and improvement focus is helping to develop a shared understanding of the school’s ongoing development and direction.