SIAMS Church Inspection 'GOOD'
http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/Rangemore-school-earns-good-rating-thanks/story-28876445-detail/story.html read an article in the Burton Mail!
The whole community of All Saints Church of England School, Rangemore were absolutely thrilled to be rated ‘good’ in their National Society statutory inspection for Anglican schools (SIAMS) and to receive a report which is full of high praise and is an exceptional commentary of their excellent provision. Executive Headteacher, Mrs Charlene Gethin said that “It is fantastic to have our values and ethos with the children at the heart of our educational provision and our excellence recognised after a challenging period of time for our community”. The inspection team recognised that “There has been significant change which has brought stability to the staffing since the previous inspection” they noted the leaderships’ role in this “Commitment, resilience, dedication and the Christian vision of the headteacher have brought stability and consistency to this school.”
The reports format offer 3 key strengths and 3 areas for development. The strengths listed were the distinctive Christian school vision with the committed leadership of the head teacher and leaders, the exemplary work of the vicar and church family and the role of collective worship. Key areas for development cited were to further develop Anglican rituals, develop partnerships to secure pupil understanding of different faith traditions and communities broader than their understanding of the Islamic faith (having a population of 15% children) and to consolidate the established leadership and management structure for the future development of this school within the federation with the outstanding Needwood CE VA primary and beyond. Governors were particularly pleased that the report reflects the high expectations the school has on its staff, pupils and families as well as the culture of support and nurture. The report states “The distinctive Christian character and ethos in the school, which is immediately apparent, underpins and permeates all aspects of school life…. High aspirations and expectations within a supportive culture motivate all pupils to achieve….. As a result learning is cohesive and outcomes as high as possible.” Mr Stuart Jobbins, Chair of Governors stated that he was “pleased that the hard work and launch of the renewed Federation mission statement and aims, vision and values this year was recognised,” the report identified that ‘Pupils live by the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22) which forms the distinctive Christian character to support a commitment to meeting the holistic needs of each child, supported by good pastoral care. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), which has a high priority in the school development plan, is being nourished and challenged through this stimulating Christian community. Pupils are keen and eager to attend school because learning is fun, so absence is minimal.’ Mr Jobbins was also satisfied that the report reflected on the work of the Governors, “Governors also monitor and evaluate the school’s progress as a church school, acting as critical friends in school improvement……. Foundation governors, through their substantial work, have made a distinct Christian difference to the school.”. The school should rightly be proud that the report repeatedly comments on a positive, happy and secure education; on the importance of nurture and love, respect and honesty. It points out “Pupils feel safe and happy, secure in this loving Christian community which encourages the pupils to become confident, enthusiastic, lifelong learners…. Very good behaviour is supported by a reward and praise policy based on Christian values and positive relationships in this Christian school. Enthusiastic and committed staff model core Christian values which enhances pupils’ learning”. The involvement with and comments on parental involvement are also exceedingly positive stating “ Parents say that the school is very supportive of their requests; issues are dealt with quickly and efficiently. They greatly value the exceptional school and church link and appreciate the strong sense of a Christian family. Relationships with parents are very positive, enhancing pupil learning. They know their children are happy in their learning, which is enhanced through additional activities such as music, sports and drama lessons”. The recognition of the journey which All Saints, Rangemore has taken over recent years can be summed up by Rev. Les, the incumbent vicar who was at the SIAMS de-brief with Alison Morris, he said “the words from Amos 5:24 kept coming into my mind, ‘Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream.’ That's how I see the SIAMS report, justice at last, and I found it all very moving and I was not alone”. The report also recognised the website “The school interactive website is exceptionally clear in explaining how worship is distinctively Christian whilst embracing pupils and staff of all or no faith background,” Read the full l report on the Federation website at http://www.theforestfederation.co.uk/page/?title=SIAMS&pid=61 and if you would like to visit the school or its partner, Federation school Needwood CE VA Primary, please don’t hesitate to contact the school offices.