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Amesbury’s On The Up

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Nov, 2015 12:51 PM

Wiltshire CofE Primary School’s rating improves from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in just under five years... judged by a recent SIAMS [Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools] inspector's visit to Amesbury Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School.

Headteacher Yvonne Morrison was commended for her leadership as the school continued to innovate and set new benchmarks in pupil care, values and achievements.

Parents were noted as supporting the school unreservedly, with one saying “I am very proud my child is here. The Christian ethos of the school gives it the ambition to constantly improve.”

In particular, the SIAMS inspector also noted:

  • “The innovative development of the nurture centre, based on Christian values has ensured the needs of vulnerable pupils are met in an outstanding manner.
  • “The excellent relationships which exist within the school built on trust and respect enable pupils to develop into compassionate and caring young people.
  • “The distinctive Christian values which are strongly embedded have a huge impact on the school’s work and in pupils’ attitudes and actions."

Amongst other things, the school will continue to develop its Collective Worship, with more involvement from pupils, governors and others. The local Vicar leads worship weekly, as does the Headteacher, the Baptist minister and a local ecumenical group.

Amesbury CE VC Primary School is a larger than average school of 370 pupils. It takes children from the locality and military bases nearby. The biggest pupil group is of white British heritage and the proportion of pupils who speak English as an additional language is very low.

The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and physical disabilities is above national averages, as is the proportion of disadvantaged pupils eligible for additional funding. The school has a nurture centre for pupils with severe social, emotional and attachment disorders or those permanently excluded from other schools. 

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