As a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary School we receive regular SIAMS Inspections. These Statutory Inspections for Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) particularly focus on the quality of our provision relating to our Christian ethos. Our most recent inspection led by The National Society was in December 2015 when we were judged as Outstanding.
The full report can be viewed here.
In December 2015 we were visited by Mr Chris Williamson to carry out our ‘Statutory of Anglican and Methodist Schools’ (SIAMS) inspection. This inspection sits alongside Ofsted in measuring the quality of education at our school with particular focus on our Christian distinctiveness and characteristics.
The above report is a summary of the inspection findings and outlines the many ways that we support our children through our Christian ethos and values. I am delighted to say that the overall outcome of our inspection is as follows:
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of The New Forest Primary School as a Church of England school are outstanding!
Our previous SIAMS inspection was in September 2010 when the school was also judged as ‘Outstanding’. The extract from an e-mail from Derek Holloway (Adviser for RE, Collective Worship, Spirituality & SIAMS Manager) at the Salisbury Diocese explains how our new inspection relates to the previous inspection.
Can I congratulate you, your pupils and your staff on the excellent outcome of the inspection. This report represents real progress since the last inspection especially since the bar has been raised considerably since the inspection five years ago. So to maintain an outstanding grade a real achievement and is effectively going up a grade. I know that Joy Tubbs the diocesan director will want to write to you as well in due course. I hope the inspection was a positive experience and has given you some helpful ways to further forward your school's progress and development as a Church School.
I am immensely proud of our school and cannot express how much this result means to me personally and to the school staff and governors. We are fully committed to ensuring the very best education for your children and enjoy providing a wide range of creative and imaginative learning opportunities for the children. The report provides us with a very clear picture of the schools strengths and has also details areas for further development, most of which, had already been identified as development points in our own self-evaluation. We will be working hard in the coming months to ensure that we address these areas and continue our Outstanding practice.
A key theme throughout the report is how our school values, based on the ‘Fruits of the Spirit’ permeate the whole school. The report also highlights the outstanding behaviour and attitude of our children and the wide range of opportunities we provide to ensure children are able to reflect upon their own spirituality.
I would like to express my gratitude to the whole school community, Staff, Governors and Parents for the way you all support our school ethos and help make the school as great as it is. It is however, our children that I am most proud of as this report details their fantastic attitude towards learning, each other and their environment.
In summary – I simply love our school!