Ofsted: Outstanding (2012)
Section 48 (Diocesan): Outstanding (2015)
'Teaching is outstanding and brings the best out of each pupil. It is typified by teachers’ high expectations, demanding activities and adept questioning.
Pupils’ behaviour and respect for each other are outstanding. Pupils have very positive attitudes towards school and enjoy learning.
There is a culture of high aspiration and success for all.
A rich and stimulating learning experience with an innovative range of topics and themes helps to motivate and inspire the pupils and contributes strongly to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Parents are unanimous in their support for the school and speak warmly about the headteacher and the staff.
Pupils at risk of not performing well receive excellent support. The school makes every effort to ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils. All staff are encouraged to use strategies which include all pupils in lessons and there is outstanding leadership to support this process. As a result, all groups of pupils make outstanding progress, including those eligible for the pupil premium, disabled pupils and those with special educational needs.
‘What I think has changed is that we have many more trips where we are free to enjoy our education.’ This view from one pupil reflects the rich choice of subjects and topics which help to engage their attention. The topics offer many different sorts of learning experience, including visits and residential trips, practical activities and problem solving. As a result, they make an excellent contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.'
'The clear Christian vision of the school, which is firmly grounded in the shared understanding of Christian values, unequivocally permeates every aspect of school life and underpins the ethos and culture of the school.
Collective worship, in the Anglo Catholic tradition, is the heartbeat of the school
The strong Christian leadership of the head teacher forges links between the school and the church which are seamless and contribute to an exceptionally strong community.
The outstanding teaching of Religious Education (RE) and the importance given to the provision for collective worship and prayer has a strong impact upon the spiritual development of the school community.
The well-articulated vision and values statement that embraces pupils, curriculum, staff, parents, ethos and culture, strongly underpins the school’s Christian identity.
Social justice features prominently and pupils make explicit their own sense of mission as a response to the gospel challenge. Their care for each other, well modelled by their teachers, is demonstrated through their understanding of the meaning of a Rights Respecting School. This is permeated by the Christian values of compassion, humility, endurance and thankfulness'