Church of England Diocese of Bath & Wells Long Sutton and Long Load

Long Sutton CoE VA Primary School

We are very fortunate and proud to have an excellent Primary School and pre-school in the village.

The school and the church work closely together, and we were delighted when the church inspection (SIAMS) rated the school as 'outstanding' in its Christian ethos.

As well as celebrating the Christian festivals in church, the children come to church each month for church worship, as well as visiting the church for various parts of the school curriculum.

The school's Christian ethos is enriched by visits of the 'Open the Book' team every two weeks, in which a Bible story is told using drama - the team are enthusiastically joined by children in simple costumes joining in the portrayal.

Each year the children take part in a 'Workshop' in church, exploring a Christian festival. These are much enjoyed by pupils and staff alike.

Members of the Benefice churches lead the workshops and 'Open the Book', and some of them are also involved in hearing children read, accompanying them on school outings and residentials, and generally volunteering for various tasks around school.

As a 'Voluntary Aided' school, there is a majority of 'Foundation Governors' nominated by the church on the governing body. The Vicar is an ex-officio governor.

Congratulations to Long Sutton School, who were awarded ‘Good’ in their one-day OFSTED inspection in March 2018

The inspector noted that:

“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You provide strong and encouraging leadership which values the contribution of others. With good support from staff and the governing body, you have continued to lead the school in an open and collaborative way. You have successfully steered the school through a challenging period, which required reducing the number of classes from four to three. Staff morale is high. Governors also talk with pride about the school. They highlight "a family environment where all associated with the school care about pupils and seek to do all they can to help them achieve well/ Everyone associated with the school rightly identifies the positive relationships between leaders, staff, parents and carers, and children, which help all children to make at least good progress.

Your ability to bring about further improvement as a united leadership team is secure and clearly evident in your positive response to the areas identified for improvement in the previous inspection. First, you have widened the curriculum to stimulate and extend pupils' ability to learn by finding things out for themselves. You have improved their commitment to learning. You have also significantly strengthened the ability of middle leaders to contribute to school improvement. A notable example is the way you have taken responsibility for the pre-school and how you have empowered early years leaders to collaborate in extending and enriching the learning experiences provided for the children.

Typical parents comments included: ‘I am very happy with the standard of education at the school’ and ‘It’s a hidden gem and a credit to all involved’.

Well done to staff, pupils and governors!

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