MRS Ethelston’s Primary School in Uplyme has been graded as ‘outstanding’ in a recent inspection by the Church of England Education Office.
This latest grading is added to the ‘outstanding’ status the school holds from Ofsted. As a Church of England school, Mrs Ethelston’s is run with a Christian ethos with a core set of values – celebrating life, good choices, friendship, perseverance, peace and love – which underpins everything that takes place in the school.
The inspection is to ensure that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the school is maintained and that the high standards expected of Church of England schools are reached.
The report rated Mrs Ethelston’s as outstanding in the following areas: its distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England school; meeting the needs of all learners; its impact of collective worship on the school community; and the effectiveness of leadership and management as a church school. The effectiveness of religious education was also rated ‘good’.
The report stated: “The degree to which Christian values are embedded in this school is remarkable. A core set of values – celebrating life, good choices, friendship, perseverance, peace and love – underpins everything which takes place in this successful and popular school.
“The values, each with its clear links to the Bible, have been well taught and constantly reinforced so that all members of the community are clear as to what is important in this school. Staff describe the values as second nature.
“According to parents, the values make a significant difference because children ‘really get them’. They give numerous examples of values in action beyond the school day.
“The Christian character of Mrs Ethelston’s as an outstanding Church of England school has been sustained and developed further during a period of significant change which included academisation and joining a mixed multi-academy trust.
“This has been largely the result of the commitment of the executive headteacher, governors and senior leaders to protect and celebrate its unique identity.
“Leaders ensure that the school’s vision, ‘Deep Christian roots, Nurturing strong growth, Flourishing children,’ is well known and understood by all. It features in the school prayer which even the youngest children know by heart.”
Head of school Michaela Kite and executive head Andrea Rice said they were proud to achieve the rating, adding: “The report is true credit to everyone at Mrs Ethelston’s and demonstrates how being a Church of England school can support learning and the choices made by the children every day.”
The full report is available on the school website www.mrsethelstons.acornacademy.org