"The School is a vibrant and caring place," "A real strength of the school's provision is the rich, varied and well-thought-out wider curriculum" Ofsted 2018
It is with great pleasure that the Governors and I share with you the report on our recent Ofsted Inspection which took place on 9 January 2018 in accordance with Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills (HMCI) inspected, under section 8 of the Education Act 2005 (as amended).
We are thrilled to receive confirmation that Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School continues to provide a ‘Good’ quality of education since the previous inspection.
We are particularly pleased that the report recognises that our school treats everyone as a ’unique individual’, is a ‘vibrant and caring place’ and that our children are ‘happy’ and very positive about school. It reflects a school which is founded on Christian values of care, kindness and family.
It recognises the strength of our curriculum which was identified as being incredibly rich, the opportunities for learning our children have and the progress and attainment they achieve. It also reflects the dedication of our staff and Governors, to provide the best education they possibly can for all children in an ‘inclusive school who do not give up on any child’.
We are hugely encouraged that Ofsted agreed with our identification of areas for improvement and that it was recognised that we have ‘begun to steadily address the issues’ through ‘high quality leadership’ of not only those subject leaders interviewed during the inspection but all our teachers and staff.
During the inspection our Inspector was highly impressed with the behaviour of our children, sharing that they are ‘absolute delights’, ‘they feel incredibly safe’ and are ‘proud of their responsibilities’ in school. She shared her admiration for the quality of interaction with children and the passion felt by the whole community for our school. The strength of Governance was recognized and the diligence of the Parent Council in ensuring that ‘the school remains a community for pupils and parents alike’. She felt confident that our ‘Very Good School’ had the ability to ’move forward’ in the future secure in the knowledge that the ‘right leaders are in the right places’.
We are hugely grateful to all families, children, staff and Governors who contributed to the inspection through direct dialogue, personal letters or returning questionnaires.
Although only one day, the Inspection was carried out in a very fair and thorough way. It serves as a formal recognition of just what an incredible school Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School is. A very good Christian School in our Community serving all our children and families in the best way possible. A school where we ‘tenaciously promote values such as equality, tolerance, humility and humanity in the day-to-day school life’. A school very well placed to continue to provide the highest of standards for all children in its care.
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As a voluntary aided Church of England School we are inspected by both Ofsted and by SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). These inspections look specifically at R.E. and worship but they also look at Spiritual, Moral , Social and Cultural aspects of the school.
The SIAMS inspectors talk to pupils, parents, Governors and staff about what goes on in school, and how the school is involved in the local and wider community. Inspectors will see lessons, look at books and make sure that appropriate standards are met.
Quotes from SIAMS report January 2019
The quality of relationships across the school community is very strong and clearly conveys its Christian underpinning,
Pupils’ attitude to learning and behaviour are commendable.
Pastoral support is well targeted and is a positive expression of the school’s Christian vision.
Partnerships, particularly with parents, the parish church and the local community, are deeply embedded into its ways of working and contribute effectively to supporting pupils in flourishing, both academically and personally.
The worship programme and religious education (RE) are given high priority and effectively support pupils’ personal and academic development and the school’s Christian service to its pupils.
Academically pupils make at least good, and often better, progress. This leads to attainment being consistently above local and national averages. Personal development is very strong and effectively supported.
The school’s values impact extremely positively on attitudes to learning and behaviour, both of which are clear strengths.
The headteacher, her senior leadership team, governors and staff model a caring and inclusive Christian ethos exceptionally well.
Strong and effective pastoral care for all enhances outcomes.
The school has made very good progress in addressing issues from the previous denominational inspection. Consequently, strengths have been sustained and areas to improve addressed.
Spiritual development opportunities provided are wide ranging and responded to very well by pupils.
Partnership with parents and the local church are strong and mutually beneficial.
There are exceptionally strong links with the local community,
Staff are extremely supportive and caring towards one another and their pupils.
Teachers work effectively to create a respectful and inclusive learning environment which supports the school’s vision, mission and associated values very well.
The range of approaches enhances learning and leads to good attainment and very good progress in RE across the school for all pupils, including the more vulnerable.