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Grantham school scores 'good' marks in church school inspection

Staff and pupils at an infant school in Grantham are celebrating after being graded as a ‘good’ Church school.

Little Gonerby Infant School, in Sandon Road, received the grading following a recent church school inspection last month.

The inspection, which is additional to an Ofsted inspection and takes place every five years, judges the effectiveness of the school’s distinctive Christian vision in enabling pupils and adults to flourish.

Children at Little Gonerby are celebrating with head teacher Helen Hilton. (11642888)
Children at Little Gonerby are celebrating with head teacher Helen Hilton. (11642888)

Headteacher Helen Hilton is thrilled with result.

She said: “This represents a significant achievement as the inspection framework has been revised this year and now poses much more challenging questions to schools to prove that their Christian vision and values really impact the lives of the children, families, staff and wider community.

“We were particularly pleased that the report recognised the ‘strong sense of community’ and ‘strong Christian commitment to diversity and inclusion’ ensuring that ‘the needs of all pupils are fully valued and supported’.

“I would like to thank our wonderful children, who enter into school life and learning with such energy and enthusiasm and who talked so confidently to the inspector about their school.

“Also thank you to our staffwho have put in incredible commitment and hard work in putting our vision into practice and enabling every child to flourish, our supportive parents and our governors who volunteer their time and energies to supporting the school and driving the vision and values.”

The school has developed an innovative curriculum which was also recognised by the inspectors as promoting good mental health and wellbeing and enabling children to be ‘advocates of change and to challenge injustice’ including reaching out to the local community such as their work with AgeUK.


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