As I said in the last blog entry, this week the school had its ‘Church school’ inspection. SIAS, which stands for Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools, is a separate inspection process carried out every five years by trained inspectors on all Church of England schools, primary and secondary. It focuses on four areas: RE; leadership of the school as a Church school; assemblies and worship; and the extent to which the school meets the needs of all its students. Each of this is graded in the same way as Ofsted – Outstanding, Good, Satisfactory or Inadequate, and then an overall rating is given.
As with the Ofsted inspection last week, I am not supposed to publish formally the outcome of the SIAS inspection until we receive the report, which is then sent to all parents and placed on the website. However, I will say that yesterday, Tuesday, when we heard the feedback from the inspector who carried our the SIAS inspection, we could not have been more delighted with the outcome. The school has had a fulsome endorsement of our work in developing the school’s ethos and distinctiveness as a Church school. I would want to pay particular tribute for this to our superb RE team and to our chaplain, Revd Rachael Knapp, who play a leading role in supporting the school’s character and mission as a Church school.
On the subject of the Ofsted report, Ofsted are required to publish it to the school within ten working days of the end of the inspection, which takes us to the middle of next week, so if all goes to plan we will be able to get it to all parents before normal lessons end on Friday of next week prior to activities week and work experience in the last week of term.
Finally, a reminder that our open afternoon for former staff, students and friends of the school to mark the school’s diamond jubilee year is this coming Saturday from 2 to 4 pm. There will be music, food and drinks and a chance to have a look round the school. Hopefully we will be able to have the music and refreshments outside – weather permitting! We will obviously go ahead inside if the clouds roll in however, so don’t be put off coming along.