“Bishop Vaughan School is a good Catholic school that is true to the Church’s mission in providing learning and opportunity for all, rooted in the explicit values of the Gospel.”                                                      

Section 50 Inspection 2018

“Bishop Vaughan Catholic School has a caring, inclusive ethos that is based firmly upon gospel values. It is highly successful in developing pupils’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural values, and their sense of community.”

Estyn Inspection 2018



Dear Parents and Friends,

I am writing to you to introduce myself as the Chair of Governors for Bishop Vaughan Catholic School. My name is Steve Avo, and I have been a governor at Bishop Vaughan for seven years. I became a governor because I wanted to contribute to the school, which I hold in the highest regard, and to its role in shaping the education of my son.

Governors are appointed to ensure that objectives are met and that planning for the future is both visionary and realistic. We are here to support and encourage our Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and all school personnel so that children have access to a rich education and the opportunities they deserve.

As governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, policies, building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, without a doubt, we consider that our most important role is to ensure the highest of standards in relation to the welfare and education of the pupils.

We are justifiably very proud of the children in our school. In addition, this is an opportunity for me to thank all the parents who encourage and support their children so admirably. In a good school, such as ours, parents take a great interest in their child’s learning and development.

I believe that at Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, governors, staff, parents and children work as a team, building on success, in a happy, creative, high-attaining environment where everyone feels valued. Parents and governors have key roles in helping the school to maintain high standards for all our children, both now and for future generations.

Should you wish to contact me to discuss any matter, please do so by first contacting our Headteacher. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible throughout the year.

Steve Avo
Chair of Governors



On behalf of pupils, staff and the Governing Body, I would like to welcome you to Bishop Vaughan Catholic School. We hope that you will enjoy navigating this website, and that you will gain an insight into the vibrant life of our school.

We place emphasis on high standards in all areas of school life, with the expectation that learners are prepared to give of their best academically, to engage in the rich offering of extra-curricular activities where possible and to reflect the values that bind us as a community in their dealings with one another. We are delighted that parents – with whom we aim to foster effective home-school links – and visitors to our school comment upon the welcoming, polite and courteous nature of our pupils; ours is an inclusive community founded upon respect. We consider this an important part of our role in nurturing individuals that are able to make valuable contributions as responsible, compassionate members of society.

Bishop Vaughan’s Governors and staff are committed to the provision of an inclusive, Christian education for all of our pupils in accordance with the principles and teachings of the Catholic faith. The learning experiences of students are tailored to embrace the various aspects of a broad education: academic, emotional, cultural, physical, social, moral and spiritual. In essence we set ourselves the task of helping our young people to get the most out of their lives and of becoming the best that they can be. As you look through this website, I am sure that you will see numerous examples of the young people in our care doing just that; we consider it our privilege to help them in doing so.

Emma Pole


“All pupils are comprehensively supported by the school in their moral development … due to the high levels of nurture that teaching and support staff offer.”

Section 50 Inspection 2018


“Teachers create an inclusive and positive learning environment… high expectations pervade all aspects of their classroom practice and this inspires pupils to take pride in their work and develop successfully independence and resilience in their learning.”

Estyn Inspection 2018