The Mount has been warmly praised in a new report by Liverpool's Catholic authorities. Christian Education Department inspectors from the Archdiocese of Liverpool visited the Crosby school recently and gave it an 'outstanding' grading.
According to their report, the outstanding features include 'the focus on teamwork, achieving high standards and creating a nurturing, welcoming community' with strong values which 'permeate every aspect of school life and beyond'. The inspectors - who had a particular focus on the quality of religious education - also say that 'pupils are encouraged to meet their potential' in everything they do and 'readily embrace and appreciate the many opportunities offered to them'. This is evident in the fact that 'pupils are eager to learn and improve their knowledge, understanding and skills as they become independent learners'.
Other features singled out for praise include the behaviour of pupils and the fact that they have 'an outstanding sense of right and wrong' which involves them in taking 'an increasing responsibility for themselves and their actions'. The inspectors were also impressed with the fact that children 'value and respect others' and have a 'strong sense of belonging to the school community'. Elsewhere they say that the curriculum is 'outstanding in meeting pupils' needs', that teaching is 'consistently effective' in ensuring children make good progress and that 'achievement and effort are celebrated'.
Commenting on the findings Mount Headteacher, Michael Collins, said, "Everyone at The Mount is delighted that the school has received such a positive report from the Archdiocese inspectors. It reinforces the success of our approach which is to focus on academic excellence, while at the same time encouraging development of the whole person, both spiritually and through participation and achievement in sport, the arts and a wide variety of other extracurricular activities." Mr Collins also pointed out that while most pupils at The Mount are Catholics, then school also welcomes children of other faiths or none, and their contribution to the school's spiritual and moral life is equally valued.
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