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La Retraithe Sixth Form


We are delighted that as of April 2013, Ofsted inspectors rated La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School Outstanding in all aspects.

Ofsted inspectors observed that students ‘thrive and respond to the school’s high expectations’ and acknowledged that the Headteacher has built well upon the high achievement to raise attainment further.

The inspection found that there is a relentless pursuit of excellence by the Headteacher, senior leaders and governors, adding that teaching is outstanding because teachers know students well and learning is personalised to individual needs and abilities. The report also highlighted that leadership has developed a climate where staff readily share expertise and monitor the impact of their work.

The inspection report highlighted specific areas of strengths:

  • The sixth form is good. Students make good progress from starting points which are sometimes below average for the courses they study. Progress is outstanding for some, but the overall progress is not as strong as in the main school because teachers have not recently shared the most-effective teaching methods for this age group.


  • Achievement in the sixth form is good and has improved steadily over the last two years.


  • Teachers effectively use many of the approaches in the sixth form which are so successful in the main school.


  • Sixth-form students have an exceptionally broad range of courses from which to choose so that their interests and needs are met.


  • Students’ progress, including that of male students and those taking courses in other schools, is monitored closely as in the main school, and effective action taken so that there is no slippage in achievement against a student’s targets.


  • The school’s focus goes well beyond academic achievement.


  • Students thrive and respond to school’s high expectations, so that students from diverse backgrounds achieve extremely well. Their progress is monitored regularly, and personalised support is put in place if a student is not making rapid progress.

Receiving a second consecutive Outstanding Ofsted judgement provides strong affirmation for all that the school seeks to achieve for the students.

To read the full report, please click here.