Inspectors praise Abbotsham school's Christian ethos

PUPILS AND STAFF at a North Devon primary school are celebrating the results of a second inspection, following a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors who described St Helen s Primary in Abbotsham as an improving school. In their report released at the b

PUPILS AND STAFF at a North Devon primary school are celebrating the results of a second inspection, following a recent visit from Ofsted inspectors who described St Helen's Primary in Abbotsham as "an improving school."

In their report released at the beginning of the new term, inspectors said the Church of England school was providing a satisfactory standard of education and a good level of care and support.

Now a second inspection report by the National Society of Anglican Schools has praised the school for the strength of its Christian ethos, which, says the report, unites all members and reaffirms its distinct character.

Lead inspector Jackie Rudman said: "The school's Christian ethos makes a profound impact on the lives of the children. With strong support from governors, staff, parents the local community, children are nurtured and supported as they develop both personally and spirtually.


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"The depth of care for children is a great strength of the school and ensures that children are guided within the love of God."

The report says parents recognise and appreciate the distinctive Christian character of the school which makes them feel welcomed, and that children enjoy coming to school and are enthusiastic about their lessons.

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All aspects of the church inspection were found to be good or satisfactory in the report, with leadership and management judged good. Inspectors pay tribute to the focus of the headteacher, governing body and staff through recent tragic events, to secure and protect the learners, saying: "It is to their credit that the school has gained a new strength of purpose and is in a good position to move forward as a Christian community."

Head teacher Kim Baker said: "We are really delighted that both reports underline firmly our commitment to providing a caring, supportive and Christian learning environment for all our children.

"We are particularly pleased that this latest report recognises the excellent partnerships we have with parents and the local community, and has also highlighted the enjoyment children express in coming to school."

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