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'Tis Good at St John's

by Michael Ford last modified 22 Feb, 2017 01:21 PM

Tisbury St John’s CE VC Primary School have maintained their ‘Good’ status in a SIAMS inspection.

The inspector noted that “Knowledgeable and skilled governors are actively involved in the daily life of the school and make a substantial contribution to the effectiveness and continuing development of its Christian ethos.

“The recent adoption of Aspect Leadership as a system for improving teaching and learning is helping the relatively new team to strengthen teaching in religious education (RE).”

“The five core values of kindness, honesty, perseverance, respect and responsibility are evident throughout the school environment and referred to by adults as shaping and defining the school. One child explained that, ‘they help the school to be a better place.’ Children recognise that the values contribute towards good behaviour for example, in resolving disagreements in the playground, ‘because you can sort it out there and then.’”

Open discussions and rising standards, particularly in Key Stage 1, were also noted, and the school is working on including children thoroughly in all stages of planning and leading Collective Worship, as well as improved monitoring systems.

Parent Governor David Boulting said, “We were very pleased that the inspector recognised that ‘the school’s core values are clearly expressed and make a positive difference to children’s everyday lives’. The report also stated that ‘within the school community, all groups value the rich opportunities provided for spiritual development’.”

St John’s is smaller than the average-sized primary school with 111 children on roll. The proportion of pupils identified with special educational needs is higher than average. The majority of pupils are of White British heritage.

The proportion of pupils eligible for free school meals has risen and is now above the national average. Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are organised in mixed-age classes. Most of the children in Year 6 in 2016 joined this school later than the Reception year. Since the previous inspection in 2011, there have been considerable changes in staffing. Headteacher Lisa Portch has been in post since September 2015.

www.st-johntisbury.wilts.sch.uk

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