The article states:
Ofsted had already identified the school as `outstanding` after its latest inspection.
St Michael`s was one of only six schools in the country in which every pupil achieved Level Four in the Key Stage Two `sats` tests.
The school originated in 1795 and under headmistress sister Anna Ryan, combines a mixture of traditional and innovative lessons.
The three Rs are given maximum emphasis but the 172 children, aged from 4-11, devise their own rules- and then abide by them.
The many extra-curricular activities at St Michael`s include playing violin and ski-ing.
What the report doesn`t mention and why I am particularly interested is that the school uses for RE the excellent CTS programme The Way, the Truth and the Life which, despite having a forward by Archbishop Vincent Nichols, has not always found favour in catechetical circles. I visited the school once and was very impressed by the depth of knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the Catholic faith shown even by non-Catholics. Sr Anna also ensures a daily Mass is said in the school chapel by using the services of retired priests.