We are celebrating an ‘Outstanding’ grading from SIAMS Inspectors after their visit a few weeks ago. We are thrilled that the inspector agreed with our own self-evaluations and we were graded as ‘Outstanding’ in all four categories: Christian Distinctiveness, Worship, R.E, and Leadership and Management, with our caring ethos and Christian values underpinning all of school life and impacting positively on the life of pupils and staff coming out as strengths.
The comments of the inspector and the report reflect the continuous journey we have undertaken since our last SIAMs inspection in May 2012 and we are very grateful for the incredible hard work and achievements of the entire school staff and the children and also for the continuing positivity and support of our parents and carers.
This outcome is of particular significance and importance to us, due to the disappointing Ofsted outcome in June last year which came a few weeks before we received SATs results putting us above the national average in all areas. However, the SIAMS inspector noted that improvement has been rapid and progress and attainment is above the national average which is testament to the Christian values that underpin all aspects of school life to ‘…create an ethos that enables children to flourish academically and socially.’
The inspector made special mention of the strong community links that exist between the school and its’ community. ‘The supportive relationships between all members of the school community are clearly rooted in Christian values, providing an excellent example of a school which is both distinctive and highly effective.’
The governors, staff and I are very pleased that our determination to keep improving the school and the experiences it provides for our children spiritually, socially, emotionally and culturally have been formally recognised, confirming why we are still a preferred choice for many parents.