Happy school de­lighted to be out­stand­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report -

A “nur­tur­ing and sup­port­ive” school has been rated out­stand­ing by church in­spec­tors.

Wit­ter­sham CEP School re­ceived the top grade in a statu­tory in­spec­tion of Angli­can and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) re­port.

Head teacher Claire Frost who joined the school in Septem­ber 2015, and whose ap­point­ment was made per­ma­nent in March last year, is cred­ited with turn­ing it around after a drop in aca­demic re­sults

The re­port, fol­low­ing an in­spec­tion on June 13, also stated that the school “suc­cess­fully pro­motes high aca­demic out­comes and ac­cel­er­ated progress along­side strong per­sonal de­vel­op­ment”.

Wit­ter­sham Pri­mary’s strong Chris­tian ethos was high­lighted with the re­port not­ing: “The dis­tinc­tive­ness and ef­fec­tive­ness of Wit­ter­sham CEP school as a Church of Eng­land school are out­stand­ing. Wor­ship con­trib­utes deeply to the school’s strong Chris­tian ethos and val­ues and to the spir­i­tual life of both the pupils and adults in­volved.”

Links to the par­ish church of St John’s are de­scribed as strong, while pupils were said to dis­play ex­cel­lent be­hav­iour.

Pupils of all abil­ity lev­els make “at least good and of­ten ac­cel­er­ated progress from their var­i­ous start­ing points”.

The re­port adds: “Pupils at­tain well, es­pe­cially in Key Stage 2, where re­sults are now above both lo­cal and na­tional averages.”

At­ten­dance is above the na­tional av­er­age be­cause pupils feel happy and safe in school, the re­port con­tin­ues.

Mrs Frost wrote to par­ents to ex­press her de­light at the judg­ment, saying: “This is a fan­tas­tic out­come for the whole school com­mu­nity and re­flects the hard work of pupils, par­ents, car­ers, teach­ers and gov­er­nors of the school.”

Wit­ter­sham head teacher Claire Frost cel­e­brates an out­stand­ing re­port with some of her pupils

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