Staff and children at a local church school received an unexpected – but gratifying – visit from Ofsted at the end of last term, resulting in an early Christmas present.
Ofsted described St Michael's CofE Infant School in Mickleham as a "hidden gem" and gave it a ‘good’ rating – echoing its previous grade from its 2012 inspection. The report particularly praised the progress children make, their high standards of achievement by the end of Year 2 and the school’s nurturing and caring ethos and environment.
Other notable comments from the report related to the school’s Christian ethos and how it was evident in the children’s attitudes and behaviour:
"Pupils' spiritual development is very strong, supporting the clear Christian ethos of the school. Pupils are certainly well prepared for the next stage of their education."
Headteacher Jeremy Smith, who is in his third year at the school’s helm, was delighted by the good news:
"We are very pleased with the positive feedback we have received, especially as government targets have been consistently raised. Our staff and governors will continue to work on improving our school to make it the best possible.
"We share close links with St Michael's Church, which strengthens the Christian ethos we provide, whilst also welcoming children of all faiths into our school family.”
St Michael’s provides a unique opportunity for those who are seeking a small school in a semi-rural setting, with a family atmosphere in which every child is known by name. It draws its pupils from the immediate locality but has many families travelling in from neighbouring Leatherhead and Dorking.
To find out more about the school and admissions criteria visit www.stmichaels-dorking.surrey.sch.uk or call the school office on 01372 373717.