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Blandford St Mary's Star Rises

by Michael Ford last modified 29 Aug, 2014 02:50 PM

Blandford St Mary have recently gained outstanding status for their SIAS report. Schools RE Adviser Derek Holloway commented: "The school has a very strong head and an excellent RE coordinator- in fact, we are using her work as part of our assessment in RE CPD!"

Blandford St Mary's Star Rises

Year 2 Pupils on an outing to Streetwise

Established strengths include:

  • The leadership and management of the school as a Church school especially that of the head teacher.
  • The quality of pastoral provision which enables all pupils to thrive and which often goes beyond that which might be expected.
  • Quality of provision for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils across the whole school.
  • Provision of Religious Education which is effectively and skilfully led and a major contributor to the Christian character of the school.

Other remarks include:

Blandford St. Mary VA Primary School is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners.

There are evident in the life of the school explicitly Christian values of perseverance, the significance of faith and of empathy with others and valuing difference and diversity.  These are given Biblical contexts within Collective Worship, Religious Education and elsewhere in the curriculum.

With this rootedness in Christian values and with this strong, inclusive, open and compassionate Christian ethos, there is coherence and consistency across the life of the school which ensures that all children succeed well.

The School Council has been engaged significantly with such things as shaping charity work and designing anti-bullying awareness. The environment of the school encourages this, as does the quality of relationships and the good modelling of the Christian Values of the school by all adults in the school community.

Parents were eager to give several examples of support, help and care which has been provided for children with particular needs, which have gone far beyond what could be expected and in total partnership with parents and carers. This is outstanding.

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