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Due Diligence at Dilton Marsh

by Michael Ford last modified 22 Nov, 2017 11:59 AM

Wiltshire CE Primary School retains its ‘Outstanding’ status in a recent inspection.

SIAMS* Inspector Neil Revell notes that, “The headteacher, senior leaders, governors, staff and children live out the school’s Christian vision and values daily, placing love, care and the worth of every person at the core of each decision.

“Inspirational acts of worship successfully and purposefully encourage children and adults to reflect on a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) questions, applying them to their own learning and living.

“Children demonstrate a deep respect for, and understanding of, the beliefs and practice of a variety of faith groups.

“Religious Education (RE) is inspirationally led; children consistently enjoy their learning in this subject which has motivated them to make decisions that have transformed the lives of others.

Next steps include ensuring that the vision statement concisely reflects the school’s aspirations, and sharing outstanding practice in church school distinctiveness and effectiveness with other trust schools.

Diocesan Director of Education Joy Tubbs commends the hard work of the senior team, staff, governors and children.

She says, “It is very clear that the Christian vision of Dilton Marsh, shared by all and a ‘driving motivation’, is at the heart of all aspects of school life.

“Of the many strengths recorded, how lovely that the inspector has described collective worship as a highly valued special time, ‘spiritually moving’ and ‘change-making’. It is very evident that the school enjoys a close, supportive and enriching partnership with the vicar and the parish church.

“There really is so much to celebrate and I hope that you are also encouraged at the way in which parents are so ‘overwhelmingly positive’ about the school.”

Dilton Marsh has 206 children on roll. Since the previous inspection, the school has become an academy as part of the Acorn Education Trust. There have been two changes of headteacher since the long-standing head left in 2015. The current headteacher took up post in September 2016.

The school serves the parish of Dilton Marsh. The proportions of children with special educational needs and/ or disabilities, or in receipt of pupil premium funding, are lower than national averages. These percentages have fallen since the last inspection. Most children are of White British heritage.

www.diltonmarsh.wilts.sch.uk/website

*Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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