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Catholic Schools Inspectorate

National Framework from September 2022

Roman Catholic Schools within the United kingdom, are inspected under Section 48 or Section 50 of the Educations Act 2005 (

The Catholic Schools Inspectorate (CSI) statutory inspections are explained in Ofsted's School Inspection Handbook. (to access the handbook go to https:/

Inspections are carried out by Diocesan Catholic Schools Inspectors acting on behalf of the Bishop of Middlesbrough.  Inspectors represent the Bishop and therefore must be practising  Catholics in full communion with the Catholic Church.

In the instance where the Diocesan School is part Roman Catholic and part Church of England, the school will be inspected under a specific joint framework.

Guidance and Documents for Schools

Click on the documents below to view or download.

 CSI National Inspection Framework - September 2023 V2

CSI National Joint Inspection Framework - May 2023

Comparative Grade Descriptors - updated version January 2023

Catholic Self Evaluation Document (CSED)

Pre Inspection ChecklistLetter informing Parents/Carers of Inspection & Questionnaire

Parent/Carer Questionnaire

Staff Questionnaire

Post Inspection - Survey (2023 version)

Inspectors' Information

 Inspection Downloads - from 2022

Inspectors' Notebook from 2018