Cardinal Hume Catholic school has gained Outstanding judgements in the last two Ofsted inspections that have taken place.  Within the most recent report the work the school has done on literacy and numeracy has been recognised:

“Leaders continually strive for the very best in teaching, literacy and mathematics and this drive for excellence is proving very successful”.


“Year 7 catch-up money is used well by the school to deliver a programme of reading for all students in their first year at the school. This programme has proven extremely successful in its support of literacy in all subjects”.


“English has proven to be an extremely successful subject in this school and the approaches used to support literacy are being adapted to suit other subject areas, in particular mathematics, in order to effect even greater progress. This is supporting individual teachers to develop their own practice and increase students’ achievement”.

An Ofsted good practice example showing how Cardinal Hume Catholic School raised standards by focusing on reading and writing.

When addressing the North East Schools Summit the Ofsted Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, singled out Cardinal Hume for praise: