Church Schools Inspection

We were delighted to be judged 'Outstanding' in our 2012 Church Schools inspection!


Church Schools' Inspection



As a Church of England School we receive regular Diocesan inspections, which take place just after an Ofsted inspection. The purposes of the inspection are:

  • to provide an evaluation of the distinctiveness and effectiveness of the church school for the governing body, the school, the parents, the diocese or local church authority, the National Society and the wider public;
  • to meet the requirements of Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 for schools which have a religious character;
  • to verify the outcome of the school’s self-evaluation;
  • to make a significant contribution to improvement in church schools.


As a school we self-evaluate all aspects of the service we provide through an Ofsted Self Evaluation Form, and a Church Schools’ Self Evaluation Form (SEF). These are working documents which are completed with input from school staff, governors, parents and children. Sometimes comments made on the school website or in letters to school are used as evidence of the impact of what we are doing in school. For example, some of the many positive comments we received following the Christmas events will evidence the importance we place on involving parents and friends in our celebrations.


When we are notified of a Section 48 inspection, the SEF is discussed with the inspector, and he or she then assesses the effectiveness of our own evaluation. This is very useful in ensuring we are assessing ourselves accurately.


During the inspection there are three key questions that will be explored:

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of collective worship on the school community?
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school?


As we are a Voluntary Controlled Church School we are not inspected on the provision of Religious Education, as this is already covered by the Ofsted inspection.