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Primary School Praised for Religious Education

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Melksham’s Forest & Sandridge C.E. Primary School has received praise for its religious education and its Christian vision and values.

The Church of England school has become one of only 34 schools in the UK to receive an award that recognises outstanding religious education – receiving the gold Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM) after a visit by inspectors from the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC).

The REQM recognises, celebrates, and publicises outstanding religious education in all primary and secondary schools in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, and the gold award is the highest possible rating.

Tiffany Butcher, RE subject lead at Forest & Sandridge said,“To be given the highest possible distinction for the standard of our religious education is a real honour. We do our best to make sure the lessons our children learn and the ideas they are invited to think about within RE enrich and bring meaning to the learning they do throughout their time at Forest & Sandridge.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all the staff and children for continuing to give their best and embody the school’s values of courage, compassion, respect, and humility every day.”

The school has also received praise from a Church of England inspector in their recently released report by SIAMS  (The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

The school has been given the highest overall grade possible, and was judged to be ‘excellent’ in all three areas inspected during the visit on Friday 18th October. These areas are:

 The promotion, impact, and effectiveness of the school’s distinctive Christian vision. The impact of collective worship at the school. The effectiveness of religious education (RE).

Anna Willcox, principal said, “We are completely delighted with the outcome of our SIAMS report and that the inspector captured the essence of what is so important to us as a school. Our school community all hold our vision and values close and recognise it as the foundation of all we do.”

“‘Nurture, Grow, Flourish’ is our vision based on the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord … ‘plans to give you hope and a future'”. What we have achieved would not be possible without this joined-up, family approach. We look forward to continuing to grow from strength to strength over the coming years.”

SIAMS is a mandatory inspection conducted at Church of England and Methodist schools every three to five years. The report is important for Forest & Sandridge as it recognises the impact the school is having on young lives through its Christian vision and values.

• Forest & Sandridge Primary School will be holding an open morning on Monday 25th November, with parents and children invited to attend between 9.30am and 11.30am.

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