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St Mary's School "Outstanding"

by Haddenham Webteam – 21st December 2012
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St Mary's School Gains Glowing Report

As a Church of England school, St Mary's in Haddenham is subject to the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. The principal objective of SIAS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school. (The assessment is in addition to the OFSTED inspection).

As head teacher, Karen Collett, has announced in the latest school newsletter, a vigorous SIAS inspection was conducted at St Mary's CE school on 12th December 2012 and the school was graded as 'Outstanding'.

Here are a few direct quotes from the report:

"The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Haddenham St Mary's as a Church of England school are outstanding – the distinctiveness and effectiveness of this outstanding church school stem from the dedicated Christian leadership of the headteacher and governors."

"The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners – the Christian values of honesty, compassion, respect, perseverance, community and hope are clearly stated and thus inform the work of the school in a positive and coherent way. Behaviour in school is generally excellent supported by positive and effective behaviour management systems that are underpinned by the school's core values. As a result, children can relate their behaviour choices to Christian values in particular of respect and honesty."

"The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding – the Christian leadership of the headteacher is exemplary resulting in a demonstrable change in emphasis in the school from one that justifies its Christian foundation to a position where the school confidently proclaims its core Christian values. She has built upon the school's previous strengths bringing a new energy, creativity and drive to ensuring Christian values are fundamental to the all round development and care of the children. This has resulted in all groups of stakeholders sharing in this vision and being able to articulate the values of the school."

And a quote from one of the parents who was interviewed as part of the assessment process:

"They clearly love our children. I know at this school they will be loved as I would love them for the whole day."

If you'd like to read the complete (two page) report, you can download it from the link shown just below the image on this page.

To read more about the SIAS Inspection Process, click here

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