St Mary's C.E. Primary School

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Inspection Report

St. Mary’s most recent Ofsted was in June 2014 . Amongst other things Ofsted said that:

"Pupils are constantly challenged to do their best and they try hard. Teachers have high expectations and they plan work which provides good level of challenge for pupils of all abilities, including the more able.

The behaviour of pupils is good. They are polite and courteous to each other and to all adults in school. They are eager to learn and they work well together."


"The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Pupils’ welfare is given high priority. The school does all it can to make sure that they are cared for."

To view the full Ofsted report click here.

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As a Church of England school we are also inspected by Bristol Diocese using the framework for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). This inspection occurs every five years and evaluates the extent to which church schools are "distinctiveness and effectiveness... as a Church of England School".

To view the full SIAMS report Feb 2015, click here. (pdf)

The report celebrated much of our school’s distinctive qualities, finding:

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St Mary’s VA as a Church of England school are good

  • Christian values such as friendship enhance children’s personal development and well being
  • Opportunities to explore spiritual development in all aspects of school life make a good contribution to children’s learning as well as their personal development
  • The commitment of the headteacher to the development of the school’s Christian character, as exemplified by the school’s new Christian vision has united the whole school community


The summary judgements on each area of the inspection were:

The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is good

The effectiveness of the religious education is good

The impact of collective worship on the school community is good

The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is good at meeting the needs of all learners

The best recognition within the report noted that,

“Relationships at all levels are outstanding. This is reflected in the importance of the Christian value of friendship as a strong feature of all interactions.”

To view the full SIAS report 2010 click here. (PDF)