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Praise for Archbishop Wake

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Nov, 2014 11:11 AM

Following a recent SIAMS visit, the inspector praised "High quality first teaching", school leadership, RE provision and effective meeting of learners’ needs.

Praise for Archbishop Wake

Headteacher Jo Hicks. Photo: Bournemouth Echo

The report noted that “The focussed energetic leadership of the Headteacher is based upon the principle that ‘every child can change’. She and her deputy are tireless in seeking the most effective strategies for bringing about positive change, deepening wellbeing, opening spiritual awareness and constantly striving to raise achievement. As a result, children’s achievement in Literacy, Maths and RE is at least good. High quality first teaching is evident and a comprehensive range of intervention measures are in place to support and maximise children’s learning.”

“Collective worship is relevant to the school community, reflecting its core values and rooting them in Bible teaching. Open the Book, delivered weekly in acts of worship by the church/ school liaison worker in line with the current worship theme, has helped to establish the practice of reflection within the school. Reflection is now a strong aspect of curricular and extra-curricular practice enabling learners to engage more deeply with the personal relevance of worship, their own spiritual development in the light of the school’s faithfulness to its Christian foundation and the ‘Big Questions’ which are threaded through provision.”

 “Parents speak warmly of the approachability of the staff and of ‘never’ feeling ‘isolated’. The school actively works with the small number of diverse cultural and faith groups in the school. Muslim and Buddhist children are encouraged to share their beliefs in RE, thus building their self-confidence and offering a genuine and natural opportunity for co-operation and the growth of respect and understanding of different cultures and faiths. Opportunities for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are skilfully woven into the RE curriculum.”

The Blandford school has grown steadily since the last inspection and now has 358 children on roll – an increase of approximately 50% over the last four years. Children attending the school come from the local area and are mainly from white British backgrounds. A small number of children come from other ethnic and faith backgrounds.

In 2012 the school received the Rights Respecting Schools Award level 1, which recognises success in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school. In July 2014, the school formed a multi-academy trust with two other local voluntary aided church schools.

There is an average proportion of children who are disabled or have special educational needs. They are supported through school action, school action plus or statements. The school also provides a breakfast club. 

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