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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy


The Academy is inspected by the government's inspection service Ofsted on a regular basis in line with national guidelines. 

Our last inspection took place on 28th February 2017 and the Ofsted Inspection report can be viewed by clicking here


In the past, Catholic schools have been open to government inspection of all aspects of their work other than Religious Education. Inspections were carried out by Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools (HMI) who reported to the Secretary of State on the quality of education provided. The Education (Schools) Act 1992 transferred this responsibility to the Chief Inspector for England who heads the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED). This was ratified by the Education Act 2005 and the Education and Inspections Act 2007.

Denominational education had, for many years, been specifically excluded from inspection by HMI and the School Inspections Act preserved this special position.  Under Section 48 of the Act, the governors of Catholic schools must now ensure that Religious Education is inspected at prescribed intervals. These are known as Section 48 Inspections.

The report on Religious Education (RE) is produced for the Bishop, who under Canon Law 804 and 806, has responsibility for schools in the diocese, and for the Governing Body of the schools concerned.

Our Section 48 Inspection report can be viewed by clicking here