Coombe Bissett school gets highest accolade from inspectors

A SCHOOL near Salisbury has received the highest rating possible after a visit from inspectors.

Coombe Bissett CofE Primary School was the subject of a recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) on December 4.

And the inspectors handed the school a Judgement One rating – the highest possible under the scheme.

“Relationships at all levels are strong and supportive, because the school’s values are lived and breathed,” inspector, Virginia Corbyn, said.

“School leaders promote a culture of wellbeing and nurture which supports the flourishing of all members of the community.

“Relationships, built on trust and mutual respect, sustain a committed staff team. These are modelled well to pupils who, in turn, care for each other.”

She said the vision and values of the school “ensure that creativity and curiosity enable all to thrive”.

Parents at the school reported “staff are full of warmth and ‘invested on an individual level’ with the pupils” and the report also praised the school’s strong, mutually beneficial partnership with the local church and growing involvement in village life.

Emma Howarth, who took over as headteacher in recent months, said: “It is testament to the children, staff, governors and parent body that this report reflects the commitment of the whole school community to ‘soar on wings like eagles’.

“It truly is an extraordinary school, where all are known and valued as individuals and our strong Christian ethos and values help ensure that everyone flourishes.”

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