As reportedly the first post-primary school assessed under a new inspection regime, Lisburn’s St Patrick’s Academy emerged among the top secondary schools in the city and beyond.
The recent inspection evaluated the quality of the Academy’s teaching, its outcomes for pupils, the leadership and management of the school and its capacity to effect and sustain improvement in standards.
In all areas the Education and Training Inspectorate rated St Patrick’s as ‘Very Good’, one of the top rankings a school can achieve.
Inspectors noted: “In public examinations over the past five years, the attainment in five or more examinations in GCSE and equivalent subjects at grades A* to C, including GCSE English and mathematics, was significantly above the average for non-selective schools.”
The results were attributed to the “culture of high expectations for all pupils,” who were found to “respond positively, engaging with purpose and enthusiasm”.
Having received congratulations on the report from the SEELB, CCMS and DENI, a delighted St Patrick’s principal, Dr Seamus Quinn, said he was particularly pleased inspectors had hailed his pupils as “confident” and “motivated, with a positive disposition to learning”, as well as having “a clear sense of pride in their school” and exhibiting “exemplary” behaviour.
He said: “This is just what we strive to achieve within the Academy for all children and it is very satisfying that the Schools Inspectorate has celebrated our success in this fashion.
“The report validates the hard work, commitment and dedication of my staff; I believe St Patrick’s has teaching staff who provide a challenging yet supportive environment in which all children can thrive.
“The Education and Training Inspectorate, who visit all schools, have judged St Patrick’s and it is extremely gratifying that we have been found to provide a top quality education for Lisburn.
“This inspection report, along with our planned newbuild due to start later this year, provides a sound base for the continued development of the Academy.
“Discerning parents have long known the quality of education provided by St Patrick’s and now that knowledge has been validated by ETI.”
Copies of the full inspection report can be accessed on the Department of Education’s website.