St Peter’s Folkestone Church of England Primary School awarded ‘Outstanding’ in Anglican School Inspection

Pupils and staff at St Peter’s Folkestone Church of England Primary School are celebrating the award of ‘outstanding’ in their recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) report.

The SIAMS inspection found the distinctive Christian character of the school, the effectiveness of the school leadership and the impact of collective worship on the school community were all ‘outstanding’.

The report, which described St Peter’s School as exemplifying Christian love, joy and peace, said: “It is a beacon of hope serving a disadvantaged community.   All are loved and respected here. Pupils are happy, confident and articulate in exploring and expressing matters of Christian faith.”

Head Teacher, Mrs Toni Deacon said she was ‘delighted’ by the inspection report. Toni commented: “We are thrilled that the SIAMS inspection report recognises how important our Christian ethos is to us as a Church of England School. The report affirms our work in putting faith and spiritual development at the heart of all we do, thus enabling all our children to flourish and fulfil their potential.”

As well as classing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the 98 pupils on roll as outstanding, the report praised the wide range of visits organised by the school including recent trips to the Royal Opera House, National Gallery and attendance at Westminster Abbey for Commonwealth Observance Day.

Praising the close links with St Peter’s Church, which is situated next door, the report said that pupil involvement in the planning, delivery and evaluation of school worship was particularly strong within Key Stage 2 and that prayer is central to the life of the school.

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For further Information: Emily Shepherd, Director of Communications, Canterbury Diocese – 07876 210 446 or  eshepherd@diocant.org

Photos attached show:

  1. Head Teacher Mrs Toni deacon,  Ms Michelle Charlton-Taylor, Inclusion Manager and Kim Aldington, Family and Pupil Support Officer with pupils, giving the thumbs up to RE
  2. Children from St Peter’s Church of England Primary give the thumbs outside St Peter’s Church.

Further Information

Details of the nature of SIAMS inspections:

http://www.churchofengland.org/media/1585094/siamsinspectionframeworknovember2012.pdf

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