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Westbury Leigh Gets Upgraded

by Michael Ford last modified 25 Nov, 2015 12:00 PM

CofE Primary goes from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ in five years. Story includes a report from the school website.

Following a recent National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools [SIAMS] inspection the school was found to be outstanding.

Since being inspected in 2010 the school has continued to improve and was noted for the dedicated Christian leadership by staff and governors in inspiring everyone in school to aspire to be the best they can be.

Headteacher Debbie Grimsey said, "We are delighted with the report and it reflects well our aims as a school to inspire every child to aspire to be the best they can be and achieve well.

"We have a dedicated team of staff and governors who work tirelessly for the good of the school and it is great to have this acknowledged in the significant impact this has on the lives of children in our care.”

The SIAMS inspector noted the following outstanding qualities in particular:

  • "Dedicated Christian leadership by staff and governors inspires everyone in school to aspire to be the best they can be.
  • "The excellent care and nurture by all staff to enable every child to reach their potential reflects the school’s core faith values.
  • "The rigour of self-evaluation by staff and governors ensures the wellbeing and progress of every child.
  • "The focus in collective worship on the school’s values supports both children and adults in their faith journeys."

The school will continue its work on developing prayer and embedding good practice in collective worship.

Westbury Leigh Primary School on the edge of Westbury has 386 pupils. The school moved to this attractive newly built site in 2004 and since then has doubled in size. There have been changes of headteacher and staff since the last inspection. OFSTED judged the school good in January 2015.

The majority of pupils are from white British heritage. The proportion of pupils with additional needs is above average. Worship in church is limited as the school is some distance from the parish church in Westbury and churches that are closer cannot accommodate the whole school. 

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