We are a ‘Good’ Church of England School – May 2023
St John and St James is an aspirational and inclusive school. Its Christian vision is evident in the actions and attitudes of the whole school community.
This school actively welcomes everyone from its richly diverse local community.
The headteacher tirelessly models this vision, and staff and parents embrace the vision because of her example.
The school provides its pupils with a broad curriculum that gives them opportunities and experiences beyond the core academic subjects.
Pupils understand how and why they should treat others with respect. This is particularly evident in classrooms where a calm atmosphere helps pupils to focus on their work.
Parents report how the school’s Christian vision positively influences their children’s behaviour outside school.
Leaders ensure that every aspect of worship is invitational, and staff and pupils know that they are free to choose whether or not to join in prayers and songs. These prayers and songs are carefully chosen to have words that are inclusive whilst reflecting the school’s Church of England foundation.
The school teaches RE based on a curriculum provided by the LDBS. It is well led. Lessons use learning questions that often challenge pupils to reflect upon and respond to what they have learned.
SIAMS, May 2023
The Education Act 2005 (Section 48) requires the governing body or foundation governors of Church of England Schools to appoint a person to undertake the inspection of denominational education and collective worship in schools with a religious character. The inspection process follows a similar pattern to the Ofsted inspection format.