In­spec­tors’ praise for tragic Saffie’s school

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @jamie_lopez1

THE pri­mary school at­tended by the youngest vic­tim of the Manch­ester Arena bombing has been praised by in­spec­tors for its com­pas­sion­ate re­sponse.

Saffie Rose Rous­sos was a pupil at Tar­leton Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School be­fore she died when a sui­cide bomb was det­o­nated at an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in May 2017.

The tragic eight-year-old was one of 22 peo­ple who were killed, while 139 peo­ple were wounded, more than half of them chil­dren.

The death, along with that of univer­sity stu­dent Ge­orgina Cal­lan­der, caused an out­pour­ing of grief across the Tar­leton com­mu­nity, and pub­lic vig­ils and a fundrais­ing con­cert were sub­se­quently held.

Now Saffie’s school has been rated as ‘Good’ by Of­sted, with in­spec­tors giv­ing par­tic­u­lar praise to how the school han­dled the af­ter­math of the tragedy.

School lead­ers were praised for cre­at­ing a safe place of ‘nor­mal­ity’ in which pupils could grieve and learn, and also for its sup­port for the wider com­mu­nity.

Com­ments from par­ents also praised the school, with Of­sted re­port­ing one as say­ing: “Last year, dur­ing a very tragic and dif­fi­cult time, the school did not just help the chil­dren, they reached out to us as par­ents, help­ing us help our chil­dren. Above and be­yond what they needed to do.”

In his re­port out­lin­ing its rea­sons for the ‘Good’ rat­ing, Her Majesty’s In­spec­tor John Nixon said: “Lead­ers’ ac­tions to sup­port pupils, staff and the wider com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the tragic events of the Manch­ester Arena ter­ror­ist at­tack have been ex­em­plary.

“They en­sure that pupils and staff feel safe in school and that they have a place of nor­mal­ity in which to grieve and learn.”

The school was also praised for the qual­ity of its teach­ing, its wide-rang­ing cur­ricu­lum and its high at­ten­dance lev­els.

In­spec­tors also high­lighted the im­pact of the school’s trip to France, use of theme days and the visit of celebrity au­thor David Wal­liams as help­ing to en­gage pupils.

Head­teacher Chris Up­ton said: “Whilst we are not sur­prised by the out­come of the in­spec­tion, we are pleased it recog­nises what a fan­tas­tic, for­ward-think­ing school we have, and one which cel­e­brates the suc­cesses of all of our ex­tra­or­di­nary chil­dren.”

David Wal­liams’ visit was praised by in­spec­tors

Saffie Rose Rous­sos died in the Manch­ester Arena at­tack

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