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 us to celebrate our heritage and tradition of excellence in Catholic education at the service of the Church’s mission to the world. to read our most recent Section 48 Diocesan Report please click on the link below.


In November 2014 we were inspected under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. This inspection evaluates the quality of Religious Education and the Catholic nature of our school.


  • The vision and commitment of the Governors, Head Teacher and senior leadership in creating the climate for a Gospel based education is rapidly improving the school.
  • The warmth of welcome, inclusion, witness and outreach of the school to those in the greatest need is inspirational.
  • The quality of the care and welfare of all within the school is outstanding.

“Brownedge St Mary’s RC High School is outstanding in its welcome and care for one another and visitors. The school has initiated a clearly understood culture and ethos of inclusion and welcome.”

Diocesan Report