Even more Church schools celebrate ‘Outstanding’ success


ANOTHER 28 of our Church schools have been awarded special plaques to celebrate being classified as Outstanding by SIAMS.

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is similar to Ofsted. For the second year running the education team put on a special event, attended by 19 of the new outstanding schools. Tea, coffee, cakes and scones were served before the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester, presented the plaques.

SIAMS inspections focus on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office’s framework for SIAMS under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005.

Matt Thompson, the headteacher of White Waltham CE Academy, said:  “We were thrilled and delighted to maintain our ‘Outstanding’ status. As a Church of England School, SIAMS places a vital role in validating how we feel we live out Christian values throughout our school community. Preparing for, and during the inspection gave us the opportunity to reflect on how God reverberates through the school.”

Sally Ann Akers, the executive headteacher at the Robert Piggott CE Schools Federation, said: “We constantly strive to live out our school values every day and we are delighted that no matter who the inspector spoke to, whether it be pupils, staff, parents, visitors or governors everyone had experienced and could demonstrate our Christian values and ethos. A distinctive Christian character is only achievable if everyone works at living and breathing these values; inspiring our children to be their very best. We are delighted that the work of the school has been recognised and endorsed by achieving ‘Outstanding’ in the rigorous SIAMS inspection process.”

Matthew Abbott, the headteacher at Waddesdon CE School, said: “The SIAMS inspection helps to recognise and celebrate the distinctiveness of church schools. It draws attention to the essential role that values, positive relations and service to others, all play in the full and rich education of our young people. Listening to and involving our young people (of all faiths and none) in conversations about life, community and what it means to flourish, is at the heart of education. The judgement of Outstanding is a reflection of the joint work of the students and teachers, underpinned by the inclusive Christian ethos of the school.”

The schools that received awards last week are Seer Green, White Waltham, Ewelme, Haddenham St. Mary’s, Brill, Oxford St. Andrew’s, Chackmore, Wootton-By-Woodstock, Milton St Blaise, Sunningdale Holy Trinity, Coleshill, Kirtlington, Great Missenden, High Wycombe, Waddesdon, Steeple Aston, Polehampton Junior, Sunninghill Cheapside, Deddington, Curzon, Beaconsfield, St. Mary & All Saints
Basildon, Stanford In The Vale, Stanton Harcourt, Fringford, Wargrave Robert Piggott Junior, Alvescot St. Peter’s and Standlake.

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