Section 48

Catholic schools, as part of the mission of the Church, are challenged by the gospel to affirm their pupils’ basic goodness, to promote their dignity and to develop their gifts to the full. Schools are challenged to educate people to live responsibly for the fullness of life that God wills for each of us.

The Catholic community recognises the importance of school self-evaluation as a continuous process that is complemented from time to time by external inspection. Self-evaluation makes an important contribution to inspections. It provides the school and the inspectors with a means of ensuring that inspection covers matters of potential significance to the school. The inspection should be understood in the context of self-evaluation and will include, as well as the provision and standards achieved in curriculum Religious Education, the broad Catholic life of the school.