We are delighted to announce that St George’s C of E Primary School has received an extremely positive SIAMS report following a visit by an inspector from The Church of England Education Office.
The school has been awarded a ‘good’ SIAMS rating in a report that emphasises the great improvements made at our school over the last few years.
In particular, the inspector highlighted how our “Christian vision, which is supported by an appropriate biblical narrative, has been a major influence in improving the school”.
The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is a mandatory report that assesses the impact of church schools’ Christian vision on school outcomes. Undertaken in all Anglican and Methodist schools nationally, the report is an extremely influential guide.
In September 2017, at St George’s, a new leadership team was installed and our school underwent significant restructuring. Shortly after, in 2018, we then became a member of The White Horse Federation. This new report reflects the considerable development the school has made following these changes.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank St George’s Church for their continued work within the school. Your influence was highly praised by the report, in which it was noted that “the vicar provides very strong support both for RE and collective worship. He also gives pastoral support to all in the school.”
At our school, our Christian vision of “Be Kind, Be Compassionate, and Be Forgiving” informs everything we do. We encourage all our pupils to embody these Christian values, so we are especially proud to read in the report that “relationships within the school are calm and harmonious. Pupils get along well together and behaviour is generally good. It has improved as a result of the respect and kindness emphasised by the vision.”
Every child has to overcome different obstacles in their educational journey. It is a huge priority of ours to help every child, no matter their difficulties, achieve their best. We are therefore delighted to receive confirmation from the inspector that our strategy is working. She states in her report that “the needs of vulnerable children are met well, and they flourish.”
We would also like to emphasise our governors’ outstanding work in helping make our school an excellent place for children to develop. We agree with the inspector in stating that “the governors are totally committed to the school.”
We’d like to thank the SIAMS inspector for recognising all the hard work that has gone into making our school the pride of Semington. We really enjoyed showing them what our wonderful school is all about.
This report gives everyone at St George's encouragement as we continue to make progress as an excellent Church of England school. We promise to continue doing all we can to make sure our community in Semington is proud of their local school.
Everyone in our school community — parents and carers, school staff, governors, The White Horse Federation, and of course all our children — should be very proud of this excellent achievement. Through your hard work and embodiment of our Christian vision, “pupils’ attainment and achievement have risen dramatically in the last eighteen months.”