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Ofsted & SIAMS

Ofsted: Overall Effectiveness: Good

Inspection Date: 24th April 2018

Following our recent Ofsted inspection that took place on 24th April we are delighted to be able to share with you the ‘good’ outcome and final published report. Please do take time to read the report in full as we believe it absolutely captures the essence of the school and what we are striving to achieve for your children. The report draws attention to the many strengths of our school including our ‘committed workforce’, ‘strong leadership team’ and knowledgeable Governors who bring a ‘wealth of expertise, skills and passion to their roles’.

We are so proud of all our children and really pleased that particular attention is drawn in the report to the fact that ‘Pupil’s behaviour is good. They demonstrated excellent attitudes to learning in all lessons’. We are praised for our ‘rich, broad, purposeful and inspiring curriculum’ which is ‘evidenced throughout the school’ with pupil’s art work and writing being of ‘exceptionally good quality’. Thank you to those parents who completed the parent view survey: the report notes that ‘parents are overwhelmingly supportive of you and your staff,’ and that ‘many parents commented positively on the learning opportunities you and your staff provide for their children’.

There was also significant praise for our teachers experience and practice: ‘Leaders and teachers make accurate assessments of where pupils are in their learning. Teachers then plan activities accordingly and provide pupils with immediate feedback so that learning is moved on quickly.’ They were also praised for their ‘secure subject knowledge seen at subject-leader and class-teacher level’ as well as their use of ‘precise vocabulary and skilful questioning’. The ’reflective’ approach we have taken in addressing our year 6 SATs results from last year is having a ‘significant impact on improving pupil achievement’.

The report notes that ‘pupils are well cared for at Dunmow St Mary’s. Pupils’ well-being is at the heart of the school and you have made sure that there are rigorous systems in place to help keep pupils safe.’ ‘Pupils told me they enjoy school and a number of pupils said, ‘I love it’.

The Governors and leadership team are delighted that the report accurately reflects our school and completely agree with the Inspector’s view that ‘Dunmow St Mary’s is a vibrant happy place’.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

Inspection Date: 10th December 2014

Inspection Outcome: Good

We have a strong and clear vision of our role as a Church of England primary school. The SIAMS Inspectors were impressed by our ‘Values for Life’ programme which underpins the work we do as a Christian foundation school. We were in turn delighted to have the opportunity to show off and see in the report a reflection of the ‘positive, purposeful and happy atmosphere’ that we are so proud of at Dunmow St Mary’s.  Full report

‘There are wide-ranging opportunities for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to take place. The creative curriculum, enrichment through music and sport and religious education and the worship programme supports this well. Pupils are well known and cared for by staff and .. a good pastoral support system means that pupils of all abilities make good progress.’

Inspectors said ‘the impact of collective worship on the school community is good…worship is explicitly Christian but is sensitive and inclusive of those of other faiths or of none.’