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Maintaining An Outstanding Forest

by Michael Ford last modified 17 Dec, 2015 05:01 PM

The New Forest CE VA Primary School at Landford, Nomansland & Hamptworth has maintained its outstanding status in a recent SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection.

The inspector noted the impact of the school’s Christian values on the children: that each child is valued as a unique individual loved by God, and develop caring and compassionate relationships within the school and the wider community.

"The Christian ethos of the school promotes children’s depth of thought, for example through reflection, which... contributes to the children’s good academic progress. Children achieve above national expectations."

"'Forest Friday' provides a wide range of opportunities for outdoor learning and to reflect on the wonder of nature. Children appreciate the spiritual garden, on each site, which provides a quiet reflective area and a way of sharing prayers written by other children."

"Collective worship is important in the life of the school. Children talk readily about how it affects school life and how it impacts on their own lives. In both Key Stage collective worships observed, children were very engaged and were challenged to think about the theme."

Among other things, the school will continue to develop its RE provision, involvement of children in collective worship and broadening children’s understanding of diverse communities.

As of December 2015, the New Forest Church of England Primary School has 178 children on roll. The school is on two separate sites with Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 children in Landford and Key Stage 2 children in Nomansland. The majority of children attend from the local area.

9% of the children have Special Educational Needs which is below average, 11% of the children are from ethnic minority groups and 5% of the children receive pupil premium funding. A new headteacher was appointed in 2013. Since the last inspection two classrooms have been replaced and one new classroom has been built.

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