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Onwards and Upwards at Gaunts Common

by Michael Ford last modified 02 Dec, 2015 12:11 PM

St James CE VC First School Gaunts Common has improved from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ across the board, thanks to a recent SIAMS [Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools] inspection.

Examined in mid-November 2015, the school scored highly on values, leadership and local partnerships.

In particular, the inspector noted, “The school’s strong emphasis on explicit Christian Values significantly impacts on the daily behaviour and individual development of pupils.

“There are clear links between the school’s Christian values, collective worship and religious education with each having Jesus and the teachings of the Bible as their focus.

“The commitment and vision of the Headteacher, staff governors and clergy in ensuring the school continually reviews and develops its Christian vision.

“The secure partnerships between the school, parents and church community in ensuring the school’s outstanding effectiveness as a distinctively Christian school.”

The school will be working further on RE Assessment and outdoor spaces for spiritual development.

St James Church of England Voluntary Controlled First School is a rural school with 120 pupils. Teaching is arranged into four classes. The majority of its pupils are of white British heritage. Special educational needs are lower than the national average.

Although pupils come from a range of socio-economic backgrounds levels of deprivation are low. The most recent Ofsted report (2014) judged the school to be outstanding in all areas. The previous SIAS report (2010) judged the school to be good.

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