Church school is rated as outstanding in inspection

PRAISED Wickham Church of England Primary School has been rated as outstanding.
PRAISED Wickham Church of England Primary School has been rated as outstanding.
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Wickham Church of England Primary School is celebrating after securing an ‘outstanding’ rating in their recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

An inspector from Portsmouth Diocese carried out a full and detailed inspection of Wickham’s provision to evaluate the extent to which the school is ‘distinctively and recognisably Christian’.

Headteacher Helen Castle, who has only been in post since January, was praised for her ‘accurate evaluation of the school’s strengths and areas for development as a church school’.

She said: ‘I am immensely proud of our achievement, which was achieved as a result of the commitment from all staff, governors, parents and children to developing our Christian ethos.

‘We want to build on our successes and continually move forward.’

Acting chair of governors, Jane Baskerville, added: ‘The governors are delighted with the very positive outcome of the recent inspection and are pleased that the hard work of the headteacher and her staff has been recognised in this way.’

Wickham Church of England Primary School is a village school in the Meon Valley with 196 pupils, which prides itself on providing a positive, caring Christian environment where children’s individual talents are nurtured and they enjoy their learning.

The report acknowledges that core Christian values make a considerable impact on the whole school community.

Children have a clear understanding of how spirituality contributes to their wellbeing and supports their learning in the classroom.

The children are able to articulate how they use the school’s Christian values in every aspect of their school life and beyond.

Wickham Church of England Primary School uses its wonderful resources to excellent effect to develop its Christian distinctiveness.

The school has extended its resource provision recently. To add to the existing computing suite, they now have iPads and netbooks. They also have a cookery area, reading lounge, an underwater-themed library and a refurbished outdoor swimming pool.