OFSTED Criteria

Aspects of spiritual development

OFSTED expects schools to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of its students. The Catholic Church has always emphasised this.

Teaching is a vocation and is the development of the whole person. We can teach the facts about faith, moral and social development, however these have to be lived realities. Lived experiences.

A retreat at Castlerigg Manor will provide this lived experience — translating the theory into a reality in the lives of our young people. 

How we meet OFSTED's criteria in our retreat program:


Our team testimonies and authentic witness to a life of faith, inspire and encourage   

A sense of awe, wonder and mystery

Based in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, the creation of the Lake District

Experiencing feelings of transcendence

The times of prayer and reflection in our Chapel are one of the most memorable experiences

Search for meaning and purpose

Our core message is Meaning and Purpose for this Generation, we seek to help them discover this


Activities throughout the retreat encourage young people to stop, consider, look and share in their lives


Personal friendships are consolidated during the residential and year groups are strengthened


The variety of our creative activites and workshops offers something for all students

Feelings and emotions

Honesty is encouraged within a safe environment. We balance this with a hope-filled, faith-based outlook