St John’s Church of England Primary in Keynsham has ended the academic year on a high with another Outstanding judgement in its church inspection.
The school, which is also rated Outstanding by Ofsted, retained the top grade following a visit by inspector Carolyn Banfield earlier this month (July).
She said the Christian values at St John’s were deeply embedded and had significant impact on behaviour, attitudes and achievement.
"St John’s has a strong church school identity. It has developed an excellent Christian character and positive ethos which is immediately apparent and permeates all aspects of school life," her report noted.
Mrs Banfield said the school had "a strong moral compass" in which everyone sought the good in one another. “The impact is demonstrated through the choices pupils make, their exemplary behaviour and clear and trusting relationships.”
The inspector highlighted the "powerful" logo, depicting Jesus as the lamb of God, the new "celebrate and learn together" strapline, the impact of collective worship and the creation of a new spiritual garden.
The inspection, known as a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), was the school’s first since it joined the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust in 2015. Mrs Banfield said in her report: "Membership of the WMAT is mutually beneficial. Leadership capacity has increased and expertise is readily shared, resulting in high expectations and the implementation of excellent practice."
The inspector was highly complimentary about the leadership and management of the school, noting that all staff were committed to an education of the highest quality. She also praised the governing body, the parish community and families for their support.
WMAT Director of Primary Dr Matthew Cottrell said the report was wonderful news and reflected the significant improvements the school had made in the past year under the leadership of Head of School Mark Hilliam.
"St John's is a very special place, where everyone lives the school's values every day, and it is gratifying that the inspector has recognised this," he said. Mr Hilliam was delighted with the outcome of the inspection, which followed a similar judgement in 2013.
"Mrs Banfield was particularly impressed with the children, who sung, prayed and spoke so well. She also praised the clear and distinctive ethos present in the school," he said.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the children, staff and parents who contributed so much to this shared outstanding judgement. We can all be proud of the spiritual and academic education we are providing for the children in our care."
A friendship bench dedicated to the memory of Malaysian air crash victim Ben Pocock forms the centrepiece of a new spiritual garden at St John’s Church of England Primary School in Keynsham.
The large carved wooden seat commemorates Ben, a former pupil of the school, who died in 2014.
The garden has been designed by former Year 6 teacher Vanessa Adnitt. Children have worked with parent and governor Claire Lowe and parent volunteers to build the garden and plant flowers and crops. Wood for the project was provided by Dave Williams, of Keynsham Timber, and Tim Mason, another parent.
Head of School Mark Hilliam said: "We are very grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to support the creation of this garden. The planters, trellises and friendship bench are beautiful and have helped to make a very special space, where children and staff can relax and reflect."
We are delighted to announce that from September 10th, Premier Sport will be running a breafast club every morning in the school hall. The club will run from 7:45am-8:45am, with breakfast served from 7:45am-8am. For more details please see the letter (Pdf, 93kb)
Please also note that this club is run entirely by Premier Sport and NOT the school office - thank you.
For more information please see the Premier Sport breakfast club flyer (Pdf, 494kb)
We are delighted to announce that following the SIAMS inspection on 11th July 2018, the school was graded Outstanding in all areas.
Please see the letter from Dr Cottrell (Pdf, 340kb)