PUPILS and staff at Bishop Luffa School are celebrating after receiving the accolade of ‘outstanding church school’.
As well as Ofsted inspections, church schools are also visited by inspectors appointed by the diocese.
The report’s summary states that ‘the school clearly articulates an explicit Christian character and from that stems a confidence in giving pupils the time and space to think, question and challenge that allows them to make up their own minds about faith’.
It adds: “Collective worship is of central importance to the life of the school community.
“The religious education department is a very successful department within a high performing school.”
The report also says that ‘the school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners’.
Speaking on Monday as staff celebrated the publication, Nick Taunt, head teacher, said he was pleased that the report also recognises the focus on thinking for oneself and an emphasis on questioning.
He said: “It is important for us all to question what we believe as we develop our Christian faith.”
The report describes the school’s worship programme as ‘exceptionally effective’ and ‘highly valued by the pupils’ because ‘it is relevant to pupils’ needs and provides the opportunity for spiritual reflection in which they are closely engaged and involved’.
The report recommends that the school develop ‘a shared interpretation of spirituality to ensure consistency in provision and progression of opportunities for spiritual development across the curriculum’.
The school’s vision statement, ‘Always our best because everyone matters’, has a ‘significant impact on relationships’ and ‘pupils and parents remark on the care and family feel and relate this to the Christian atmosphere of the school’, it also found.
“Pupils develop a strong sense of the importance of equality as they grow in their understanding of the school’s values.”
The report praises the RE department for its ‘considerable innovative practice’.
Leadership and management are also ‘outstanding’, and the school is successful in helping all pupils make or exceed expected levels of progress.