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.
St Michael’s is a two form entry Catholic primary school. It is situated in the Chatham Deanery of the Archdiocese of Southwark. It is in the Medway Local Authority. The school serves the Parish of St Michael’s Church in Chatham. The proportion of pupils who are baptised Catholic is 48.3%. The average weekly proportion of curriculum time given to Religious Education in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 is 10%. The school takes pupils from Early Years to 11 years. There are 472 pupils on roll. The attainment of pupils on entering the school is below average. The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals is broadly average. 19% of pupils receive extra support. There are 109 pupils for whom the school receives the pupil premium.
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.