We are ecstatic to announce that Forest & Sandridge CE Primary School has received a glowing SIAMS report written by an inspector from The Church of England Education Office.
The school has been given the highest overall grade, and was judged to be ‘excellent’ in all three areas inspected during the visit on Friday 18th October. These areas are:
- The promotion, impact, and effectiveness of our distinctive Christian vision.
- The impact of collective worship at the school.
- The effectiveness of religious education (RE).
In the report, the inspector noted that “all groups of pupils are successfully enabled to be hopeful, make good progress, and to be the best version of themselves as God intended”, and that "collective worship is profoundly at the core of this school. Prayer and reflection areas are very well embedded and ever-evolving, nurturing the spiritual journeys of all.”
We are also very proud that, as the report states, “every child and adult is loved, nurtured and cared for, respected, and valued as an individual. This enables all to grow and flourish.”
The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is a mandatory report that assesses church schools for the impact of their Christian vision in enabling pupils and adults to flourish. All Church of England and Methodist schools around the country are inspected every three to five years. It is the most influential and reliable guide to the dedication and effectiveness with which church schools embody their Christian vision and values.
It is a real honour for our Christian vision and values to be so enthusiastically recognised by the church school inspector. As well as being something to be proud of, the report vindicates and reinforces the efforts we make to put our Christian values and ethos at the heart of all aspects of school life. We make sure that “compassion, courage, humility, and respect are hallmarks of the curriculum and undergird Forest & Sandridge's way of life.”
Our Christian ethos is shared by staff and pupils alike. This was recognised by our inspector, who wrote that “even the newest members of staff cite the 'warmth that fills the school' which feels like home.”
At Forest & Sandridge, our Christian values also demand that our pastoral work and support for those with special educational needs is engaged in with the fullest love and care. In the words of a member of staff quoted in the report, “deeply rooted in our school is the belief and understanding that everyone can flourish, no matter what their starting points are.”
Having also recently received a gold Religious Education Quality Mark from the Religious Education Council of England and Wales, we are delighted that our SIAMS report is also filled with positives.
However, rather than encouraging us to rest on our laurels, news like this gives the whole Forest & Sandridge community increased confidence and motivation as we continue to progress as an outstanding Church of England school.
We’d like to thank the SIAMS inspector for capturing the essence of what life at Forest & Sandridge is all about. We’d also like to give special thanks to everyone in our community — parents/carers, school staff, our governors, The White Horse Federation, and of course all our children — for embodying our Christian values every day and for making sure that “there is a real sense of calm and care here in this special place.”