'Outstanding' church school 'meets the needs of all learners'
PUBLISHED: 12:30 17 October 2016
Littleham C of E Primary School is celebrating retaining its ‘outstanding’ status after its recent church school inspection.
The school, which in 2015 joined with Woodbury Salterton Primary School to become part of the Pebblebed Heath Federation, was rated as outstanding, thanks to its ‘distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school.’
The ‘smaller-than-the-average-sized primary’, with 153 pupils, also rated as outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners and for the impact of collective worship on the school community.
The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the church school was also deemed ‘outstanding’.
Littleham Primary School headteacher Duncan Nelmes said he was ‘delighted’ by the findings of the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS).
He said: “We have worked extremely hard since the previous inspection to further strengthen and develop our distinctive Christian character at school.
“As a church school, was are deeply committed to ensuring our Christian ethos has a positive impact on all members of our school community.”
The Archdeacon of Exeter, the Venerable Christopher Futcher, on Tuesday presented the school with its outstanding Church School Inspection (SIAMS) certificate.
After an inspection at Littleham Primary School, the report found: “Worship is extremely well supported through Bible stories and opportunities for prayer and reflection are central.”
The report also highlighted the importance of prayer areas.
It said: “Each class has given careful thought to their prayer area with imaginative, interactive ideas that reflect their individuality.”