St Mary the Virgin Primary School rated ‘Excellent’ by SIAMS

St Mary the Virgin Primary School in Gillingham has received the top rating of ‘Excellent’ following their recent SIAMS inspection.

SIAMS is the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools. All church schools undergo this inspection which is scheduled every five years. The new SIAMS judgments are: Excellent, Good, Requires Improvement or Ineffective. A SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school’s Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish.

St Mary’s was praised for having ‘a strong Christian ethos of inclusion, acceptance and supportive collaboration at all levels, with high expectations and aspirations’. The report also says that ‘the reciprocal partnership with the Church and the wider community enables a rich awareness of diverse and different needs which engenders respect and understanding’.

The compassion of the pupils was praised with the SIAMS report saying ‘Pupils are good advocates of change and actively support a large number of charities, such as the local foodbank, and holding a Down’s Syndrome awareness day. The children have ‘huge compassion’ and sponsor a boy in Indonesia to help him have a better life’

Sarah Bullmore, Headteacher said “We are delighted with the outcome of the recent inspection which truly celebrates the strong Christian ethos that underpins our school. Thank you to all of our children, parents, staff, governors and wider members of our community for enabling our school to be celebrated in such a wonderful way”.

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