The Holme CofE Primary School, Headley, has won praise for its values and highly inclusive nature in a statutory inspection which judged the academy to be ‘good’.
A church schools’ inspector spoke of the school’s strong, caring relationships and deeply embedded values after a day-long SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) inspection in April.
The report also acknowledged the school’s swift and significant progress since the previous inspection prior to the school becoming an academy within the Diocese of Guildford’s Good Shepherd Trust and the arrival of headteacher, Ruth Worswick in September 2014.
The inspector quoted a pupil as saying the academy’s values ‘help you to make the right choices in life’ and spoke of how good relationships ‘underpin all aspects’ of the school’s work.
Ms Worswick said: “We are thrilled that the report has identified the caring and values-driven nature of our school.
“Being inclusive is central to our identity, everyone is valued and we want everyone to have a sense of who they are, how they fit into this world and what they can contribute at The Holme.”
“As a Christian school we teach the values of empathy and understanding...The SIAMS report reinforced our ideas about how we can continue to develop our Christian identity.”
Last term the school held a Disability Awareness Week and invited in a Royal Naval veteran from Queen Alexandra Hospital’s Project Youth Force, which aims to inspire young people to set goals and be resilient.
Richard Hunt, who lost his leg following an injury and post-operative infection, shared how the amputation impacted on his hopes and dreams but how he has overcome adversity and takes part in mental and physical challenges such as skydiving and bungee jumping.
Pupils were given the opportunity to reflect on disability and themselves and were given workshop challenges that forced them children to dig deep and show determination.
Ruth said: “Richard’s visit was inspirational for staff and children alike; deepening our understanding of disability and also of ourselves. It reflects our desire to be a school where children not only grow academically but also spiritually, socially and culturally.
“As a Christian school we teach the values of empathy and understanding, and the week truly helped us put those values into practice.
“The SIAMS report reinforced our ideas about how we can continue to develop our Christian identity and we look forward to working on those in the future.”
The principal objective of SIAMS inspection is to evaluate the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school as a church school and provides a process for evaluating the extent to which church schools are ‘distinctively and recognisably Christian institutions’.