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  • The McAuley Catholic High School
    Cantley Lane
    South Yorkshire
    DN3 3QF
  • Head: John Rooney
  • T 01302 537396
  • F 01302 537891
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Doncaster
  • Pupils: 1622
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 23rd April 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 3rd March 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the parents say...

I attended McAuley from 2000 to 2006. The school prepares children well for GCSEs, lessons are well structured and the teaching standard is good overall. On the other hand this school probably isn't for everyone when it comes to A level study. For any student continuing from GCSEs to this stage, I'd urge them to keep an open mind about other sixth forms in the area such as Danum and Hayfield. I was disappointed to find that the stringent rules that help guide children as they progress through GCSE level at Mcauley are still in place for young adults as they traverse the sixth form life. While teaching standard is good, some may find policies such as elasticated ties and and study periods confined to school grounds as restricting adult development and autonomy during A levels. This is a faith school, so there are compulsory masses, church retreats and RE lessons to also take into account for those who identify as non-Christian at this stage. In my personal experience, moving schools after AS level was one of the best life decisions I ever made. The teachers in my new sixth form were far more down to earth, and school rules and regulations also took second place to the student's development as an individual. I have do doubts that McAuley is a good school, but as I've mentioned, this place is not for everyone. Had I not moved away when I did, it's certain that I wouldn't now be pursuing a PhD at a Russell group university.

Commented on 17th Jan 2013

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