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Steadfast at St Ed's, Poole

by Michael Ford last modified 30 Sep, 2015 11:16 AM

St Edwards RC/CE VA School has been confirmed as outstanding across the board in their July 2015 SIAMS inspection.

Clearly impressed, the inspectors noted,

"The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Edward’s as a Catholic Anglican Joint School truly reflects John 13:14 -15 ’If I, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you are also to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example that you should also do as I have done to you’."

Of particular note were:

  • "The central importance given to worship that provides a rhythm and cohesion to life at the school
  • "The clarity of Christian vision lived out and modelled by the school leaders
  • "The effectiveness of the leadership of Religious Education (RE) in successfully managing the subject in this joint school context."

Informally, it was clear that ethos is deeply embedded and articulated, there is an excellent social action approach, Collective Worship was very strong, and so was RE.

St Edwards is a joint Roman Catholic Anglican 11-18 comprehensive school serving the Anglican deanery of Poole and the Catholic community of Poole, Wimborne, Wareham and Swanage, with 1073 students on roll at the time of the inspection.

The numbers of students in receipt of pupil premium is below the national average and the numbers of students with special educational needs is above average. However, in 2014 the attainment of pupils with Pupil Premium was above the national average, as was progress value added.

Most students are of white British heritage but there are growing numbers of students from other ethnic backgrounds and of students with English as an additional language. 36% of students are from self-identifying Catholic backgrounds; 54% originate from other Christian denominations.

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