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Dilton Marsh's "strong Christian vision"

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

A recent SIAS inspection praised Dilton Marsh CE VC Primary for their "strong Christian vision", "outstanding, innovative and vibrant curriculum" and "real sense of community".

Established strengths included:

  • The strong Christian vision of the head teacher and an outstanding model of distributed leadership that provides flexibility and opportunities for staff
  • The outstanding, innovative and vibrant curriculum that ensures excellent opportunities for spiritual, cultural, moral and social development of all learners.
  • Pastoral care based on embedded Christian values is outstanding
  • A real sense of community permeates the school coupled with an atmosphere of caring and inclusiveness between adults and children.

The inspector remarked:

The school core values, respect, love and tolerance, are evident throughout the school, are recognized by all and clearly defined as the values of a church school.

A parent commented ‘the behaviour of pupils in this school is impeccable.’ Pastoral care is outstanding. Pupils feel safe and happy. One pupil commented that ‘everyone gets on and has fun’. The school environment is vibrant, stimulating and challenging with Christian symbols and artefacts displayed in classes and shared spaces. There are quiet areas for reflection and interactive displays that the pupils talk about confidently.

Daily acts of worship are varied, yet simple and informal making them as accessible and relaxed as possible, allowing pupils to be active participants... Staff, local clergy and visitors lead worship, allowing pupils to encounter a variety of styles. Worship takes different formats e.g. whole school, key stage and class, enabling pupils to respond at different levels.

The head teacher provides dynamic leadership and the effectiveness and management of the school as a church school is outstanding. School leaders and governors are clear about the school’s Christian ethos, which is manifested through practice, integration, inclusiveness, respect and love.

Headteacher Judith Finney said, “It really is a community effort. I think we have an ‘Outstanding’ because everyone genuinely contributes. We have a collective strength because everyone is an integral part, including the children, and we make sure they know that!”

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Click here for the SIAS report

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