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What better way to start the New Year

What better way to start the new year than with some good news, and this time it's our children showing us how to behave!

In November Barrington and Ilton village school had an OFSTED Inspection and, despite the fact that OFSTED have become ever more exacting with their marking system the School raised it's mark over the inspection three years ago and achieved an overall “Good” assessment with several “Outstanding” marks.

Very shortly after this the Church Inspection (SIAS) was conducted and the following comments were part of the report…..

  • “Christian values are an integral part of school life. This is well reflected in the family ethos and in the care and attention given to the welfare and progress of each pupil. As a result, pupils feel safe and happy in school and make good progress.”
  • “…pupils relate easily across the age range. In a meeting during the inspection they showed good awareness of one another as they talked confidently about their school, and listened to others’ responses. They clearly value each others’ talents and strengths. They accept personal responsibility readily, and are sensitive to the rights of others.”
  • “… pupils enjoy learning and make good progress. Pupils’ interest and understanding in religious education (RE) is evident. Asked about what is a Christian their answers include: “Someone who’s had water over their head”, “Who devotes their life to God”. Asked about God they say: “Nobody sees Him”, “He’s up in heaven”, “People can feel Him in their hearts”. And they are clearly interested in the variety of world religions.”
  • “Throughout the (RE) lesson observed there was a sense of timeless opportunity for reflection on something of real significance.”
  • “The school is well led and managed as a church school. Good progress has been made since the last inspection and the vision held by the headteacher and governors is now evident throughout the school.”
  • “The governors know their school well and are increasingly involved in monitoring its progress”
  • “The very good links between the school and the local churches play a fundamental part in this. The vicar is a regular and very welcome visitor at both school bases.”

From the Church Registers:

20 November 2010Brian Evans & Dawn Holland Joined in holy matrimonyKingstone
22 November 2010Michelle FellowsAshes interred at Kingstone
08 December 2010John PerkinsFuneral at Puckington followed by cremation at Taunton

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