Oxenhope rated as an Outstanding Church School in SIAMS inspection

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As you may be aware all Church Schools are subject to two cycles of inspection: OFSTED and SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). I am delighted to inform you that we were judged to be Outstanding in our SIAMS inspection on Friday 12th February 2016 – an improvement on our previous Good rating in our SIAMs in June 2011.

The inspector interviewed pupils, parents, staff and governors; observed lessons; shared in our celebration morning and examined a wide range of evidence including data, children’s books and class portfolios. Thank you to those parents who spoke to the Inspector and helped her to build a true picture of our school.

In all four areas inspected, we were judged to be Outstanding. The results of SIAMs inspections are very important to a church school as they confirm the fundamental values and ethos that underpin everything about the school.

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Oxenhope Church of England Primary School are outstanding

  • The Head teacher’s Christian vision for the school is supported by all leaders and the local church and as a result children flourish as individuals and most pupils make good progress.
  • Christian values such as wisdom, peace, compassion and forgiveness underpin all aspects of school life which results in strong, supportive relationships, children who are nurtured well, who feel secure and who are enthusiastic about their learning.
  • Children show excellent enquiry skills and can express their ideas and opinions confidently. They respect the views of others, they take on responsibilities and are taught skills that enhance their learning capacity and help to equip them for life.
  • The systematic monitoring and evaluation of the school’s performance as a church school feeds into the School Development Plan and leads to ongoing improvement.

I encourage you to take time to read the full report. It confirms and celebrates the fabulous work that is going on at Oxenhope every day and reinforces and builds on the ‘Good’ Ofsted grading we received in December 2014. Thank you colleagues, governors and our amazing pupils – for your on-going hard work and support: you help to make our school the unique and special place it undoubtedly is.

John Parkin, Acting Headteacher