Saint Aidan’s has outstanding Christian character

Following a recent SIAMS inspection, Saint Aidan’s is “outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”

Early in March, Lyn Field, a SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) Inspector arrived at Saint Aidan’s to review the school approach as a Church of England school. Following two days of lesson observations, student panels, staff panels and meetings, Lyn Field judged Saint Aidan’s to be good with several outstanding features.

The report, which was published at the end of March, focuses on the school’s identity as a church school and how this benefits everyone. It says, “The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”.

The inspection report singled out the way students are encouraged to develop their leadership skills and the strong pastoral support which students receive in a “family atmosphere” as well as the school’s academic standards, and links this clearly to its Christian ethos.

The report stated: “Staff are exemplary role models for students as are older students for younger students. This is important for their spiritual and social development because they share key moments in life, the joys and difficulties, in exactly the same way as a family.”

Mr Andy Smith, Head teacher, said of the report, “It was great to see lots of hard work and vision from our staff, students and governors recognised in our SIAMS report.”

He added, “Our identity as a church school is really important to all of us and we know that all of our students can thrive in the supportive environment which this provides for them.”

The full report can be read on the school’s website here



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