The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Peter’s Primary as a Church of England school are good
The enthusiastic and motivating head teacher, a new chair and foundation governors demonstrate Christian vision and commitment, despite challenging circumstances, resulting in strengthened Christian commitment.
The distinctive Christian vision and values of the school lead to positive, respectful relationships throughout the school and a high degree of nurture for each child.
There are strong and mutually beneficial links with the parish church, which ensure collective worship is relevant and engaging.
The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is good at meeting the needs of all learners.
St Peter’s is an improving school where the Christian character based on a range of values contributes well to the academic achievement, personal development and wellbeing of all learners. Standards are improving because the head teacher, staff and governors are committed to ensuring that all children receive the necessary provision to overcome any barrier to learning.
The Christian ethos of the school is strongly endorsed by families of other faiths and the children are developing their knowledge of other religions in Collective Worship (CW) and Religious Education (RE). This is making a difference for good, especially to the many children with no religious background whatever. Pupils say ‘It is good to learn about other religions,’ and ‘we all pray but there are lots of different religions here.'
The impact of collective worship on the school community is good
Collective Worship plays an important part in developing personal spirituality within the whole school and impacts positively on other aspects of its life and work.
Parents and pupils say school’s values change behaviour for the better inside and outside school. Prayer permeates the school. Well prepared prayer corners are found in each classroom and are frequently used. Children write their own prayers and contribute them to the displays. Formal prayers are used across the school to open and close the day and at mealtimes. The positive impact on the pupils is shown in one child’s comment, ‘Prayer is part of our routine.’ Another sign of the effectiveness of the school’s worship is that the children are at ease in church and parents ‘turn up in droves’ to school services too.
Careful tracking by all staff with teachers using learning walks, book scrutiny and lesson observations shows that standards of achievement for learners in RE are in line with national expectations, and are sometimes better than other areas of the curriculum. Some teaching of the subject is outstanding.
The impact of RE is clearly stated by the children, ‘It makes us think about Christianity and other religions and how we should respond day to day.’
The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is good
The governors and leaders at St Peter’s primary school are now able to articulate an explicit Christian vision and are deeply committed to raising standards, aspirations and expectations at the school. As a result the school has become an inclusive community, rooted in distinctly Christian values, determined to meet the areas for development identified in the last Ofsted report.
The school has a long established and effective partnership with the parish church. The vicar is a foundation governor and takes a keen interest in planning liturgy and RE with staff, parents and children. He visits the school weekly to lead worship and is very popular with the children.