Stelling Minnis Church of England Primary School awarded ‘Outstanding’ in Anglican School Inspection

Pupils and staff at Stelling Minnis Church of England Primary School are celebrating the award of ‘outstanding’ in their recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools (SIAS) report.

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

Headteacher, Mr John Gray said he was ‘delighted’ by the inspection report. He commented: “We have been a Christian school since our inception in 1784 and being a Church of England school is very important to us. It is brilliant that this SIAS inspection report recognises the strength of our Christian values which are present in all that we do in school and in the wider community.”

As well as classing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils as ‘excellent’, the report praised the wide range of activities linked to charities which it said helps the children build a ‘secure appreciation of their role in the community and wider afield’.

The school, which has 88 pupils, is currently gearing up for Christmas activities, including the nativity play, a Christmas service in Upper Hardres Church and singing Christmas Carols for the community in the village hall.


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Photo attached shows: Headteacher Mr John Gray with pupils Eve Baker-Roberts and Thomas Spurling celebrating the ‘Outstanding’ award