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Outstanding result in Gillingham

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Jul, 2015 11:15 AM

St Mary the Virgin CE Primary School, Gillingham, has received an 'outstanding' status in every category in a recent inspection.

SIAMS Inspector Lyn Field was clearly impressed, summarising as follows: "The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners."

"Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is highly developed. What stands out most is that no-one, adult or child, is simply handed the answer to a question. Instead they are helped to work this out..."

"RE leads the way in developing very positive attitudes to diversity and difference. Pupils know that any form of prejudice is unacceptable. They combine their knowledge of different faiths with their understanding of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child and Christian values to argue passionately for justice and fairness. This leads to very responsible behaviour."

Regarding distinctiveness and effectiveness, "The visionary leadership of the headteacher has established the school as a vibrant Christian presence in the community...  The school has an impact on the spiritual development of the whole community because it involves everyone in activities to understand this better."

Additionally, "The outstanding quality of collective worship and religious education (RE) enables children to grow into compassionate and responsible young people with a deep appreciation of religious faith."

School website: www.stmarygillingham.dorset.sch.uk

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