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Outstanding Results From A Golden Thread

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Jul, 2017 12:44 PM

Thornford CE Primary School has retained its Outstanding status in a recent school inspection.

SIAMS* Inspector David Hatrey noted, “The school has creatively woven Christian values, its vision and spirituality so well into daily life that children are immersed in a community where this language is readily understood and which children recognise as significantly shaping their relationships and achievements.

“The quality of teaching and learning in religious education (RE) is at least good and often better. It enables children to make excellent progress with more children achieving the higher standards.

“Children readily articulate the school’s Christian vision (Golden Thread) and explain how this shapes and influences their lives and creates a warm, caring Christian community.

“Leaders are ambitious and dedicated to enhancing the Christian character of the school meeting the needs of all learners.”

Headteacher Neela Brooking says, “We are all very proud of the outcome of our July 2017 Church School SIAMS inspection.

“Thank you to all the pupils, staff, parents and governors who regularly contribute to the wonderful community spirit we have at Thornford School, which led to this very positive judgement. Well done everyone!”

Ongoing work includes involving more children in planning and leading worship, and extending children’s learning in RE via questioning and marking.

Thornford Church of England Primary School is a smaller than average school. Most of the children come from a White British heritage. The number of children who have English as an additional language is below national averages.

A small number of children are entitled to pupil premium funding. The number of children who have special educational needs is at least in line with national averages. The school became a member of the Sherborne Area Schools Trust on 1 June 2017.

www.thornford.dorset.sch.uk

*Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools

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