The School’s most recent OFSTED inspection took place in 2006:
The school is the most marvellous community with a serious sense of purpose... we are incredibly privileged to have our children at this school. This is an outstanding school of which pupils, parents, staff and governors are rightly proud. Parents are extremely positive about the quality of education and the pastoral care provided. Since its last inspection four years ago, the school has sustained the high quality of education it offers to pupils. The Headmaster, ably assisted by his leadership team, middle managers and governors, provides outstanding leadership and a clear vision for the future. 'Enjoy and achieve' is at the heart of the school's aims for pupils, and they do. The boys enter the school with high levels of attainment in English and mathematics, and continue to achieve extremely well as they move through the school because teaching and the curriculum are outstanding.
The School’s most recent Diocesan Section 48 inspection took place in 2018:
The experience of Catholic worship for pupils at Cardinal Vaughan is outstanding. The liturgical year, with its cycle of scripture readings and themes, serves as the foundation of the extensive opportunities for prayer and reflection. The school wholeheartedly believes the celebration of the Eucharist to be at the heart of the Catholic life of the school. Mass is celebrated twice each week and the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Benediction also take place weekly. Assemblies and other acts of worship take place on a daily basis…… Pupils leave the school with an extensive knowledge of and deep appreciation for Catholic worship.