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Inspection Report Describes an 'Inspirational' Church School

St Christopher’s SIAMS report has just been published following a two-day inspection last month.
We are delighted with the outcome which confirms the school’s standing as an outstanding Church of England high school.

There is a requirement for all church schools to be inspected regularly as part of the SIAMS process – the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. This school was last inspected in 2016 when it was judged to be Outstanding.

The report identifies the school’s many strengths:

• Inspirational leadership which has deeply embedded the Christian vision
• Positive relationships at all levels, exceptional pupil behaviour and excellent pastoral care
• Worship which is fundamental to the school’s distinctiveness
• Outstanding provision of Religious Education

The report concludes,

‘St Christopher’s is an inspirational school where all are given opportunities to thrive.’

Headmaster, Cannon Richard Jones commented:

“This is a joyous inspection report and one which captures the full depth and breadth of the school’s Christian distinctiveness. To be described as an ‘inspirational school’ is both humbling and affirming and we look forward to working with other education providers throughout the country in order to share good practice.”

Mr Frank Whitehead (Chairman of the Governing Body) commented:

“This is fantastic report, we couldn’t have wished for better. The governing board commend the dedication and professionalism of the whole team and the work of the inspector who was able to grasp and articulate the many strengths of our school community. This is a report worthy of shouting from the roof tops!”

Mr Christian Pountain (Director of Spirituality and Head of RE) commented:

“We are delighted with this report and the platform that it gives us to share our good practice with others. We are constantly looking to partner with others in the service of our wonderful pupils, who are the very essence of our church school. We are more pleased than anything with the fact that this report will help us to continue to help them.”

The full report can be read here.