Catholic Schools Inspection

Under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005, governors must make arrangements for their school to be inspected every five years. (This is extended to eight years, for now, due to the pandemic.)

In addition, the Bishop may exercise his right to inspect any Catholic school or college within his diocese in order to evaluate the quality of Religious Education and the Catholic nature of the school. He does this under the code of canon law 806(1).

From 2022 in the Diocese of Salford, canonical schools’ inspections are carried out by trained and licensed inspectors, the majority of whom are serving Catholic headteachers.

Please log in to our Resource Centre to download guidance documents on The National Framework for the Inspection of Catholic Schools, Academies and Colleges.

To access Section 48 Reports choose from the Local Authorities below:


St Mary’s RC Primary, Chipping

St Wilfrid’s RC Primary, Longridge

St Cecilia’s RC High, Longridge

Our Lady and St Gerard’s RC Primary, Preston

St Mary and St Benedict’s RC Primary, Bamber Bridge

St Patrick’s Walton-le-Dale

Brownedge St Mary’s RC High, Bamber Bridge

Our Lady and St Hubert’s RC Primary, Great Harwood

Sacred Heart RC Primary, Church

St Anne’s and St Joseph’s RC Primary, Accrington

St Charles’ RC Primary, Rishton

St Joseph’s RC Primary, Hurst Green

St Mary’s RC Primary, Clayton-le-Moors

St Mary’s RC Primary, Langho

St Mary’s RC Primary, Osbaldeston

St Mary’s RC Primary, Oswaldtwistle

St Mary’s RC Primary, Sabden

St Michael and St John’s RC Primary, Clitheroe

St Oswald’s RC Primary, Accrington

St Wulstan’s RC Primary, Great Harwood

Thoneyholme RC Primary, Dunsop Bridge

Mount Carmel RC High, Accrington

St Augustine’s RC High, Billington

Christ the King RC Primary, Burnley

St Augustine of Canterbury RC Primary, Burnley

St John the Baptist RC Primary, Burnley

St John the Baptist RC Primary, Padiham

St Mary’s RC Primary, Burnley

St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary, Burnley

Blessed Trinity RC High. Burnley

Holy Saviour Nelson

Holy Trinity RC Primary, Brierfield

Sacred Heart RC Primary School, Colne 

St John Southworth RC Primary, Nelson

St John Fisher and St Thomas Moore Colne

Our Lady and St Anselm’s RC Primary, Whitworth

St James-the-Less RC Primary, Rawtenstall

St Joseph’s RC Primary, Bacup

St Mary’s RC Primary, Bacup

St Mary’s RC Primary, Haslingden

St Peter’s RC Primary, Newchurch

St Veronica’s RC Primary, Helmshore

All Saints’ RC College, Rawtenstall