I am delighted to inform you that St Barnabas & St Paul’s CEP School was judged as OUTSTANDING in our recent Church School Inspection (SIAMS) which took place on Thursday 27th October 2016. This is an improvement on our previous GOOD in September 2011.
The inspector interviewed our school leadership team– Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Governors, Leader of RE and Collective Worship, pupils, staff and parents; observed lessons; shared in an act of worship and examined our evidence.
The inspector particularly praised:
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St. Barnabas and St. Paul’s as a Church of England school are outstanding
· Pupils’ excellent behaviour and extremely positive attitudes to life and learning are clearly linked to their understanding of the school’s core Christian values.
· The distinctly Christian leadership of the headteacher and senior leadership team, ably supported by dedicated staff and governors, direct and inspire all aspects of school improvement.
· Extremely effective religious education (RE) contributes significantly to the school’s Christian character and to pupils’ spiritual development.
· Outstanding nurturing relationships, based on Christian hope and respect, support all pupils and their families and impact strongly on pupils’ excellent progress and achievement.
We have already identified our areas for improvement in our self evaluation.
I would like to thank our wonderful staff, governors, parents and indeed all the pupils of this brilliant school who work so hard, are so supportive and positive making it a great place to be; in particular Christopher Holmes (Deputy Headteacher), Joanna Duckwoth (Assistant Headteacher) and Governors for their excellent leadership in all they do and especially Gillian Chadwick for leading RE/Collective Worship so outstandingly. I would also like to give special thanks to Rev. Jonathan, who often partakes in acts of worship.
All make our school the unique and very special place it undoubtedly is. I truly feel blessed to be the Headteacher of such an amazing school, with amazing people and give praise to all involved.
I am so happy that our pupils have been recognised as excellently behaved, extremely positive, thoughtful, insightful and respectful learners that they are and our staff as outstanding and exemplary.
I encourage you to take time to read the report. It confirms and celebrates the outstanding work that is going on at St Barnabas & St Paul’s on a day-to-day basis.