Eckington is an Outstanding Church School!24 Jul 2017 By Sam Setchell
Congratulations to Eckington CE First School who were awarded outstanding in their SIAMS inspection.
Eckington CE First School are over the moon to announce that they have been recognised as an Outstanding Church School. In June an inspector for Church of England Schools visited the school and inspected the following; Christian Distinctiveness, The Impact of Collective Worship including RE Teaching and The Effectiveness of the leadership. Dr Jones recognised that the school has many strengths and is extremely effective as a Church School. The report said:
‘Christian Values are embedded in the life of the school and have a significant impact on children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. The school’s Christian vision is widely and clearly shared so that the school sends out an unambiguous message about its values to parents and the wider community. Spirituality is well-defined and carefully planned, so that children are regularly enabled to reflect on and develop their personal sense of spirituality. The strong partnership between church and school ensures that children’s lives and worship are enriched and the school’s Christian values reinforced.’
The headteachers Miss Breakwell and Mrs Humphriss have been at the school for just over a year and have together planned development of the Christian Values and Spirituality through an exciting curriculum and strong partnership with the church and families. They have built on the previous Headteacher Gail Whiting’s vision and are incredibly proud of everyone at the school.
“We are so pleased that the school has been recognised as outstanding. It is a wonderful place here full of kindness, spirituality and a real family feel. We could not have achieved our vision without the staff who give their all and the enthusiasm of the children. We are supported well by the church and the parents who encourage their children beyond the school day in living up to our Christian Values. We are always striving to develop further and are looking to build on the children’s present leadership of worship so that they take full ownership in the future. ”
Eckington CE First School currently has 88 pupils in 4 mixed age classes and offers a wide range of activities and experiences. The school has extensive grounds and these are used regularly to enhance the children’s learning. The school is very well supported by parents and the community, which was recognised by the inspector. One parent said that “it was difficult to know where school ended and church began.” There is a close partnership between those inside and outside the school and everyone believes in our school motto of ‘Caring, Sharing, Believing and Achieving Together.’
Eckington CE First School is a place where spirituality and wonder are promoted and where children are taught to question life and also to think deeply about how to solve problems. The school spends time in peaceful reflection and promotes strong British, Christian values. The excellent behaviour was recognised in the report as a real strength of the school. It was also seen that collective worship is central to the school life and inspires the children. The school has recently opened a worship garden and this has been central to celebrating God’s word in his own creation. The children’s voice is vital to how the school develops and grows. The school has an excellent Worship Council led by Assistant Head Mrs Dodd who confidently discuss, reflect and share their ideas and plan festivals. The report reads:
“Collective worship contains occasions to step back from the busyness of the day and reflect. As a result children are developing a personal sense of spirituality. For example, one child commented that she enjoys collective worship because it is an occasion when she ‘can talk to God, and be quiet and listen to God.’
Head Gill Humphriss says:
"At Eckington CE First School we live life to the full, sing our hearts out, support, care and love one another as one complete family."