Tipton St John church primary ‘outstanding’ in church school inspection
Tipton St John CofE primary have retained their ‘outstanding’ status in their recent Church School Inspection (SIAMS – National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). Tipton St John is a smaller than average sized primary school with 98 children on roll. The school federated in September 2013 with another voluntary aided church primary school and they share one governing body.
The school was rated as outstanding in their distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school. Through the schools distinctive Christian character they were also rated as outstanding in meeting the needs of all learners, the effectiveness of the leadership and management at the school and in the impact of collective worship on the school community.
The report said: “Acts of worship at Tipton St John are inspirational times in the school day when children and adults come together to learn about Jesus and how He taught about love for one another. They are joyous times for children and adults.”
The inspection also recognised that: “Children appreciate that everyone is unique and should be treated with respect regardless of background. They have a keen sense of fairness and the need to ensure justice both within school and in the wider community.”
Commenting on the outstanding SIAMS award, Executive Headteacher Colin Butler said: “We are very pleased and proud to see that the very strong Christian ethos, which permeates the whole school, has been experienced by the inspector and this has resulted in such an outstanding report. The school and the churches work in harmony to provide the pupils with a rock solid Christian base to their lives which will stand them in good stead in the years to come.”
The Archdeacon of Exeter, Christopher Futcher, said: “It was a real privilege to visit Tipton St John primary and present their certificate. Their morning worship – complete with air guitar playing – was fantastic!”