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Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Apr, 2018 03:50 PM

Trinity Church of England Primary Academy in Devizes has improved from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in a recent inspection.

SIAMS* Inspector Lorraine Pugh noted,

“The school’s Christian values are deeply embedded into all aspects of school life and they are known and followed by all members of the school community.

“The inspirational and caring leadership of the head of school and executive headteacher enable children to achieve well within a highly effective Christian environment.

“The teaching about Christianity in collective worship and religious education (RE) makes a significant impact on the school’s Christian character.”

There was a wide consultation process to devise the core values of forgiveness, honesty, self-discipline, love, friendship, trust and respect. These values are agreed and reinforced from the start of pupils’ time in the school.

Children enjoy the opportunities they have to plan and lead worship. The role of children’s ‘Worship Leader’ is an established and highly popular position of responsibility. The RE curriculum is exciting and engaging.

Individualised support and challenge lead to significant gains in achievement, exemplary behaviour and positive relationships. Overall school attendance remains high, at 98%.

Next steps include revised monitoring and evaluation of the school’s Christian distinctiveness, and increasing opportunities for children to have first-hand experiences to further their knowledge of different faiths.

The Trinity CE Primary School opened in 2012 with 90 children on roll, following the closure of St Peter’s VA Primary School. The school’s relocation to new premises within the town of Devizes also led to a change of parish. In July 2015 the school converted to become a primary academy within the Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust (DSAT).

The number of children receiving extra support for special educational needs is below the national average. Numbers requiring a higher level of need (ECHP) are above the national average. 21% of pupils are eligible for Pupil Premium funding. Children are predominantly from White British backgrounds.

In November 2016, the Headteacher was promoted to the position of Executive Headteacher, working across two DSAT schools. The Deputy Headteacher was promoted to the position of Head of School and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator became the Assistant Headteacher. The number of pupils within the school has significantly increased to its present number of 195, with children joining the school across all age groups. Teaching is organised into seven single-aged classes.

*Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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