As you are aware we had our SIAMS inspection last week and I am delighted to be able to share the news and report with you. Overall we have secured an outstanding judgement! I am attaching the report and it will be placed on the school website. I would like to share come key comments with you, which we are especially proud of:
· The school is a nurturing place that clearly its Christian ethos and values which in turn drives forward school improvement.
· The head teacher, ably supported by her deputy, staff and governors, as well as partners in the Aquinas Trust, sets high and aspirational standards based on a strong underpinning of Christian values
· Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development opportunities and the positive ways in which pupils respond reflect a vision for their development as ‘rounded people’ able and willing to take their place in the world.
· pupils are well known and that their individual skills, abilities and needs are deeply addressed.
· pupils of different ability levels, make at least good and often very good progress from their various starting points.
· The values underlie the strong relationships evident across the school as well as pupils’ self-confidence, care and concern for others.
· The school is a happy and nurturing place. This contributes deeply to exemplary pupil behaviour.
· Pupils respond positively to the opportunities provided to reflect on important issues, show respect towards diversity and difference and take responsibility for themselves and others.
· Whilst worship is explicitly Christian, it is inclusive of those of other faiths, and indeed no faith tradition.
· They have developed a range of suitable teaching strategies to engage pupils well in learning, especially in key stage 1. This means that pupils are making very good progress from their starting points in key stage 1 and good progress across key stage 2.
· A strength of key stage 1 teaching is its focus on questioning, deep thinking and developing skills to support RE learning
· The school’s Christian ethos and values are evident through high quality displays around the site. It encompasses the curriculum and is seen through the worship programme as well as in the caring relationships apparent at all levels. At its heart is the child.
· Leaders know their school well.
· There are fruitful partnerships within the Aquinas Trust which effectively encourage staff development for working in the church school sector.
· Parents recognise that the school’s firm boundaries and the approachability of staff are rooted in the school’s underlying Christian values. They appreciate that children are well known and that diversity and difference is celebrated throughout the school family.