Bringing faith and school sport together

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Project Touchline delivered a six-week programme of sport, collective worship, Bible teaching and prayer for the children and teachers at Aston and Cote CE Primary in Aston, Oxfordshire.

Annual Service for Headteachers and Governors


A service of celebration and thanks was held at Dorchester Abbey on Thursday 18 November for headteachers and governors of Church of England schools in the Diocese of Oxford.

A message from the former Prime Minister to children and young people

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The former Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, shares a message with children in the diocese about the importance of writing to their MP about climate change.

Bishop Steven in the House of Lords


The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft Prayer Duty in the House of Lords in September 2021

Message of thanks to our schools


As 2020 draws to a close and we begin to reflect on the year gone by, Bishop Alan today thanked headteachers, staff and governors for their unswerving dedication and commitment.

St John the Evangelist CE School celebrates ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating


Celebrations were in order at St John the Evangelist CE School in Carterton as it was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Inspectors praised the strong leadership of the school. “Leaders, staff and governors want the best for all pupils. Leaders are unyielding in their pursuit of excellence in all areas. All pupils leave fully prepared for their future learning.”

Raising your bat to the crowd


Testing Times


Reservoirs of Hope


Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust praised by Ofsted


Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust (ODST), which comprises 33 schools in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, has been recognised for its strong values, leadership and outcomes for children, after being selected as the first multi-academy trust (MAT) to undergo Ofsted’s newly-introduced Summary Evaluation.

Anne Davey and Ian Elkington. Photo: Jennifer Payne

Ofsted inspectors visited ODST between 8-11 January 2019 to conduct the whole-trust review, which included meeting with central staff and trustees, visiting schools and speaking to many headteachers and governors. Five trust schools were also inspected in the six months prior to the review, with positive reports.

A letter to ODST, published by Ofsted on 6 March, states: “The trust’s ‘common vision for the common good’ permeates all aspects of its work’, and recognises its ‘commitment to preserving schools’ individual characters’. It highlights the ‘empowerment’ felt by headteachers and governors, who describe ODST as ‘a listening trust’ and value the level of responsibility and freedom they have, for example, to ‘design a curriculum suited to the needs of their pupils.”

The report notes that: “leadership and teaching are effective” and strengths in the early years, phonics and key stage 1 were identified in school inspections. Inspectors also highlighted the steady increase in pupil attainment at key stage 2. Ofsted also found that:

  • Children in ODST schools are kept safe through a ‘strong culture of safeguarding’.
  • Trustees have ‘effective oversight of finance, steering the trust skilfully through a challenging economic climate.
  • Communication at all levels is a strength of the Trust’, and collaboration between schools, particularly within the five local hubs, is growing.

ODST Chief Executive Anne Davey and her team were praised for displaying “high levels of professionalism balanced with warmth, care and respect”. She said:”I am delighted Ofsted has recognised the impact that our focus on people has had on outcomes for the children in our care. This letter illustrates how our approach is highly valued by schools and communities. We’ve welcomed this chance to showcase our trust, having already dedicated 2018-19 to consolidating the way we work before taking on any more schools. We are already developing our practice to ensure all children make the best possible progress from their starting points, along the lines that Ofsted recommends.”

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