Winterbourne school is a 'dynamic learning community'

November 29 2019
Winterbourne school is a 'dynamic learning community'

A WINTERBOURNE school has been rated 'excellent' by a church inspector.

St Michael’s Church of England Primary School has been given the top rating following an inspection by the Diocese of Bristol. As a church school, it is not only examined by Ofsted, the government’s education watchdog, but also receives what is known as a statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools (SIAMS).

The inspection assesses the effectiveness of the school’s Christian vision, and whether it is established and promoted by all levels of leadership to enable pupils and adults to flourish. St Michael’s currently has 198 children on roll, with a lower than national average number of disadvantaged children and children with special educational needs and disabilities.

The inspector, Daphne Spitzer, found that the school had made "highly significant progress" since the last SIAMS report.

She described it as a "dynamic learning community", with a creative curriculum which 2strongly reflects the school’s vision by inspiring pupils with a deep love of learning".

Kirsty Robson is in her second year as head teacher, having taught at the school since 1997.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we were awarded the highest judgement possible.

"The report recognized the special relationship that we have with our church and that this is used to benefit all children at St Michael’s, as well as noting how we are committed to developing the whole child.”

The inspector’s recommendations for improvement were to enable pupils to take a greater role in worship and to involve them in the design of interactive prayer and reflective spaces.

The school was also awarded the Church and School Partnership Award from the Bristol Diocese in recognition of the successful relationship between the two bodies.

Mrs Robson praised her opposite number in the church, Fromeside Benefice rector Malcolm Strange, for his support.

She said: “Father Strange has been instrumental in both of these accolades. Without his support and dedication to the children and staff at our school, they would have been very hard to achieve. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him and his wife Jo for their unequivocal support. I am excited for what the future holds for everyone at St Michael’s Primary School.”