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Outstanding Acceptance and Inclusion

by Michael Ford last modified 22 Nov, 2017 02:50 PM

A recent inspection confirms St Osmund’s Middle School, Dorchester, as an outstanding church school.

SIAMS* Inspector Mike Graham comments that the “Outstanding leadership of the school as a Christian community by the headteacher, strongly supported by the fully committed leadership team, staff and governors, ensures that Christian values underpin all the school’s work with students.

“Exemplary Christian care and pastoral support is readily available to all students, enabling them to flourish in their academic and personal development.

“Christian values at the centre of the school’s ethos, particularly love, faith and hope, are lived out in the respectful and caring relationships throughout the school community.

“Outstanding worship and religious education (RE) take students on explorations of Christianity and other world faiths, leading to excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.

“The pastoral team support disadvantaged students and their families with commendable empathy and diligent work with small groups and individuals. The acceptance and inclusion of all, regardless of faith or cultural background is striking.”

One parent from a non-Christian faith said, “I’m lucky to have this school. My children are able to share their faith in RE lessons.”

Ongoing work includes deepening of student and staff understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of Christians, encouragement of spontaneous prayer, and including Christian vision and mission statements on all policy documents.

St Osmund’s is a larger than average middle school of 682 pupils who come from Dorchester and the surrounding area. It became an Academy in June 2012. The majority of students are of White British heritage. The percentage who speak English as an additional language is well below average. The proportion having a statement of special educational need and/ or disability (SEND) is above the national average.

Expansion to a capacity of 770 has been agreed between the local authority and governing body. A further period of consultation with the wider community will take place before the pupil admission number is officially increased. The building works will be completed in December 2017. A new headteacher has been appointed since the previous inspection.

*Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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