St Sebastian’s Primary School in Great Gonerby has been awarded an ‘outstanding’ grade following an inspection by the National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.
The SIAMS review took place in June this year and judged the school as being outstanding in all areas, an improvement on their previous judgement of ‘Good’ in 2010.
Headteacher Linda Baldwin, who was appointed in 2012, said: “The inspector particularly praised the behaviour and relationships between all groups of staff and described us as a happy and deeply caring school and recognised the deeply embedded values we have at the heart of all we do.
“In essence, as our inspector said, our school makes sure that, “all are able to be the best that they can be.”
And she added: “I would like to say thank you all - colleagues, governors, parents and our amazing pupils - for your on-going hard work and support: you make St Sebastian’s the unique and special place it undoubtedly is.”
In summary the SIAMS report said St Sebastian’s school “lives out its vision to nurture the whole child in a loving, Christian atmosphere where all are helped to reflect on the meaning of faith”.
The leadership skill and vision of the headteacher, staff and governors was also praised, as was the impact of the collective worship which promotes the Christian character of the school and helps pupils to achieve an outstanding level of spiritual development.
Areas for improvement included the enhancement of the planning, delivery and evaluation of collective worship, making sure year six pupils have developed the skills to experience full ownership of worship.
And to enhance the delivery of religious education through sharing good practice, both within the school and to the wider audience of diocesan schools.
St Sebastian’s primary school is next to the parish church and has 124 pupils, who are mainly from white British backgrounds and live in the surrounding area.
A small number of children at the school speak English as a second language.