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Essendon C of E (VC) Primary School

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Ofsted and SIAMS Reports

Please find below our most recent Ofsted and church (SIAMS) inspection reports. 

Ofsted School Inspection Report April 2017

What the Inspector had to say…


  • "Pupils develop well both academically and socially."
  • "The quality of teaching throughout the school is at least good."
  • "I saw evidence of the most able pupils being stretched."
  • "Pupils are able to work independently."
  • "Leadership of mathematics is now particularly strong."
  • "The provision of mathematics throughout key stage 1 and 2 [is] a strength of the school."
  • "Pupils are very well behaved, both within the classroom and in the playground."
  • "In lessons, pupils are eager to learn."
  • "The split nature of each class (whereby two year groups study together) works very well."
  • "Pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, including opportunities to learn about the outside world."
  • "Child protection concerns are taken seriously, appropriate action is taken when necessary."
  • "Pupils feel very safe at school."
  • "Pupils I spoke to stated categorically that bullying did not happen at Essendon."
  • "Children's skills are developed throughout the early years, ensuring they are ready for learning in Year 1."


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What the inspector had to say...

* The school is extremely inclusive, and all families feel welcome. There is a respect for difference and a culture of care where everyone is treated with dignity and respect as people created in the image of God. It is a place where children, some with significant additional needs, are welcomed and cherished.

* Staff know their pupils well, understand their needs and work hard to remove any barriers to learning.

* Parents speak passionately of the school’s emphasis on supporting individual children’s learning, including those who thrive on greater challenge.

* School leaders base the curriculum on the needs, interests and immediate environment of the pupils. This has excited and motivated pupils to attend school and to learn.

* The school has a strong focus on valuing all God’s children.

* The curriculum is a strength of the school. Inspired by the school vision, leaders are passionate that spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) underpins all aspects of the curriculum. Pupils’ needs and interests drive the curriculum content which ensures they are involved and engaged in their learning.

* Parents remark on the positive impact of the behaviour code in their children’s behaviour and attitudes.

* Pupils to have a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them.

SIAMS Report 2015

What the Inspector had to say ...


  • "The strong Christian environment of this school develops in pupils a positive attitude and helps them become confident learners keen to achieve their best."
  • "The inclusive integrated approach to learning is underpinned by Christian values."
  • "The recently implemented Christian vision and values programme is already having a significant impact on achievement and attendance."
  • "Pupils are eager to show visitors what they are learning."
  • "They speak confidently about their work and the learning displays and how they love to care for their school."
  • "Essendon is an inclusive school where all are valued and appreciated, staff and pupils alike."
  • "Pupils are well nurtured and feel safe; they know who to go to if there was a problem."
  • "There is a strong family feel at the school, based on Christian values, with older pupils helping younger ones."
  • "Charitable giving is also strong with pupils wanting to help others, locally, nationally and internationally."


Progress since our SIAMS Inspection ...


  • A weekly Worship Lunchtime club now gives pupils the opportunity to lead worship, thinking about what they and their peers might like to explore on a given value or theme.
  • A named Governor now works closely with our Inclusion Manager to ensure that the work towards the SIAMS Framework (including RE, PSHE, SMSC and British Values) is closely monitored and reported to the Pupils and Curriculum Committee of our Governing Body and the Full Governing Body.
  • The project to replace the Early Years outside learning environment and the play equipment is now complete. Fundraising is currently taking place to enable a Forest Schools style outside classroom to be available to all pupils later this academic year.