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Maintaining 'Outstandingness' At Abbas Academy

by Michael Ford last modified 19 Jul, 2017 02:22 PM

St Mary’s Primary School, Bradford Abbas, has maintained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

SIAMS* Inspector Lesley Turville notes that “The aspirational leadership of the headteacher and governors creates an atmosphere in which all adults and children feel nurtured and valued as individuals.

“Excellent relationships across the whole community ensure that children feel safe and valued and develop as confident, reflective and responsible individuals who achieve above national expectations.

“An inspirational school motto which encapsulates a set of Christian values is made explicit to all stakeholders through worship and has a significant impact on the daily life of the school.

“Collective worship reflects the strong mutually beneficial relationship with the local church and reflects Anglican traditions and practices and the seasons of the church year.

“Governors support, challenge and monitor the Christian character of the school ensuring that it informs strategic planning.”

Headteacher Emma Grunnill says, “We are thrilled that the impact of our strong Christian values and ethos has been recognised once again through a rigorous inspection process led by Lesley Turville, manager of the SIAMS in Oxfordshire.

“That the school has managed to retain outstanding in its Diocese inspection again, when the bar has been raised, is testament to the hard work, commitment and compassion of the people that work here and the supportive school community.”

Areas for ongoing work include involving more children in planning and leading school worship, and sharing outstanding practice with other schools in the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust.

St Mary’s is a small rural primary school of 118 children situated in the heart of the village, next to St Mary’s church. Most of the children attending the school come from outside its catchment area.

The large majority of pupils are from a White British background. The proportion of children eligible for the pupil premium and those who have special educational needs is lower than the national average.

The school enjoys close links with the Sherborne Pyramid of Schools and the Sherborne Small Schools Cluster. In June 2017, the school became an academy as a member of the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust.

*Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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