St John’s Voluntary Aided Primary School in Wellington has been graded as ‘Outstanding’ in the Statutory Inspection of the Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) Report following the visit by Inspectors in April.
The report states:
– The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St John’s as a Church of England school are outstanding
– The school’s strong vision, ‘Achieving, Believing and Aspiring Together’ inspires all children, and their families, to enjoy improved aspirations with a firm basis in the explicit Christian ethos of the school
– The core Christian values of ‘compassion, endurance, forgiveness, thankfulness and trust’ are rooted and established, with the whole school community able to talk confidently about them and readily share practical examples of them in the daily life of the school
– Collective worship makes a positive contribution to the children’s spiritual development, and promotes the school’s strong focus on Christian values and their practical development across the school community
– The children’s positive experiences in RE give them enjoyable opportunities to develop their understanding of the Christian faith and beliefs, which promotes the children’s individual spiritual awareness and their positive actions which contribute to the school’s Christian character
– The school is well led by an enthusiastic headteacher, supported by other key leaders in both the school and church, and a staff team ensuring that all children are nurtured and educated within a caring Christian ethos.
Responding to the news in the school’s Newsletter, Head Gareth Jones, said, “I am absolutely delighted by the report which has truly reflected the values and aspirations of the school. I would to thank the children, staff, parents, governors and the local church for all the hard work and support which has allowed us to achieve this. Well done everyone!”
Parents have now learned that Mr Jones is to leave the school at the end of the summer term.
In his letter to parents he said, “As you are all now aware, I will be leaving St. John’s at the end of the summer term. This decision was not one that I took lightly and was made after much reflection about the journey that we have been on together. It is with immense pride that I can say wholeheartedly that our school is now in a place, in which children are happy; behaviour for learning is excellent, children reach their full potential academically, are encouraged to be well rounded and respectful individuals and in which all members of our community truly live up to our school ethos of ‘Aspiring, Believing and Achieving together.’
I will continue to work tirelessly for the benefit of our children and yourself until the end of term in the knowledge that St. John’s Church of England Primary School will continue to do their very best for all in our community. A subsequent letter from the governing body about the plans for my replacement will be sent to you all soon.”