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SIAMs Report

In January 2020 we had our church inspection which looks at how the Christian vision are lived throughout the life of the school. Overall we are pleased with the report, and although we strive for improvement towards becoming a 'Good' church school, we believe that as a school community we have worked well together during a challenging time and this is reflected in the report. 
The key findings are the report were:
  • The school's vision and values are distinctly Christian. They are recogonised and valued by staff and parents and underpin the whole curriculum 
  • The school has a broad and balanced curriculum shaped by its Christian vision 
  • The many vulnerable pupils are given considerable support and most pupils make good progress
  • The school has a very strong inclusive philosophy. All members of the community are welcomed equally and pupils feel valued
  • Collective worship is good
The inspector decided  that although we are requiring improvement in some areas the current leadership has made a significant impact to improve things.
The reports lists areas for development, all of which we have already begun to work towards and had identified ourselves.   
The areas of development are:
Develop the monitoring role of subject leaders- We have started training and support for curriculum leaders and monitoring is planned for when then new curriculum is implemented after half term.  
To continue to prioritise improving pupils’ attitudes and behaviour, in order to improve the quality of their relationships and learningAs a school we are focusing on supporting those children with negative behaviour whilst praising and celebrating the positive behaviour of pupils. We had already started whole school training and are currently writing our new behaviour policy which we will share with you soon. We have already seen the  significant impact this has had.
To ensure that the plans for an ethos committee to review distinctiveness are quickly realised- We have set up an ethos committee which will include staff, governors , parents and children and will drive us towards continuous improvement in this area. If you would be interested in joining this team, please contact Mrs Beckett.
To strengthen the relationship with the local church so that it is mutually beneficial and gives pupils a better knowledge of Anglican traditions and worship  We are continuing plans to improve the links and experiences with the local church with Rev Janet.