Inspection of Catholic Schools

What is Section 48?

Under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 the Bishop has the right to inspect any Catholic school or college within his Diocese to evaluate the quality of Religious Education and the Catholic nature of the school. In the Diocese of Salford these inspections are carried out on a cyclical basis by trained inspectors, the majority of whom are current diocesan serving headteachers. The Framework which governs these inspections is the 5W’s Framework for Review, Evaluation and Celebration of our Catholic schools in the Diocese of Salford. The Framework describes and exemplifies the expectation of provision of Catholic education in our schools and colleges and provides schools with a lens through which they can review and reflect upon their educational community as an authentic and distinctive institution. The Framework enables schools to celebrate their heritage and tradition of excellence in Catholic education at the service of the Church’s mission to the world. Copies of this Framework are in every school in the Diocese and can be obtained from the Department for Education by contacting the office.

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To access Section 48 Reports choose from the Local Authorities below:


St Mary’s RC Primary, Chipping

St Wilfrid’s RC Primary, Longridge

St Cecilia’s RC High, Longridge

Our Lady and St Gerard’s RC Primary, Preston

St Mary and St Benedict’s RC Primary, Bamber Bridge

St Patrick’s Walton-le-Dale

Brownedge St Mary’s RC High, Bamber Bridge

Our Lady and St Hubert’s RC Primary, Great Harwood

Sacred Heart RC Primary, Accrington

St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary, Accrington

St Charles’ RC Primary, Rishton

St Joseph’s RC Primary, Hurst Green

St Mary’s RC Primary, Clayton-le-Moors

St Mary’s RC Primary, Langho

St Mary’s RC Primary, Osbaldeston

St Mary’s RC Primary, Oswaldtwistle

St Mary’s RC Primary, Sabden

St Michael and St John’s RC Primary, Clitheroe

St Oswald’s RC Primary, Accrington

St Wulstan’s RC Primary, Great Harwood

Thoneyholme RC Primary, Dunsop Bridge

Mount Carmel RC High, Accrington

St Augustine’s RC High, Billington

Christ the King RC Primary, Burnley

St Augustine of Canterbury RC Primary, Burnley

St John the Baptist RC Primary, Burnley

St John the Baptist RC Primary, Padiham

St Mary’s RC Primary, Burnley

St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary, Burnley

Blessed Trinity RC College, Burnley

Holy Saviour RC Primary, Nelson

Holy Trinity RC Primary, Brierfield

Sacred Heart RC Primary, Colne

St John Southworth RC Primary, Nelson

St John Fisher and Thomas More RC College, Colne

Our Lady and St Anselm’s RC Primary, Whitworth

St James-the-Less RC Primary, Rawtenstall

St Joseph’s RC Primary, Bacup

St Mary’s RC Primary, Bacup

St Mary’s RC Primary, Haslingden

St Peter’s RC Primary, Newchurch

St Veronica’s RC Primary, Helmshore

All Saints’ RC College, Rawtenstall