The SIAS inspection in May 2011 had judged the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Manorfield as a Church of England school to be 'Satisfactory'.
The school had a Section 48 Inspection on Friday 3rd October, 2014, under the new SIAMS framework.
Christian Values and Anglican traditions are at the root of the Manorfield ethos and the staff, pupils, parents and governors enjoyed sharing and talking about our school with the Inspector. The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Manorfield as a Church of England school was judged to be 'Good'.
Below is a copy of the report.
National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools Report
Manorfield Church of England Primary School
Dates of inspection: 3rd October 2014
Date of last inspection: 20th May 2011
Headteacher: Miss Felicity Clarke
Inspector’s name : Mrs Marian Driver
Manorfield Church of England Primary School is a larger than average sized primary school with 336 on role. After an extended absence from school, the previous headteacher resigned and the deputy headteacher took on the role of acting headteacher in January 2014 until she was appointed permanent headteacher in September 2014. The large majority of pupils are from White British backgrounds. The proportion of disabled pupils, those who have special educational needs support and pupils eligible for pupil premium is below average.
The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Manorfield as a Church of England school are good
The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is good at meeting the needs
of all learners.
Christian values are explicit at Manorfield, clearly giving the message to all saying, “This is what we are about”. The underlying value of compassion is the foundation of the ‘Values for Life’ curriculum at Manorfield and is the driving force leading to excellent relationships and improving academic standards. Academic standards over the last year have risen with identified groups of children now making expected and better progress. Staff recognise and celebrate the unique qualities of each child at school, encouraging each to achieve their potential and giving good support to families when necessary. Pupils are well behaved with good attitudes to learning and benefit from an exciting curriculum with many extra-curricular activities. Parents in their annual surveys recognise the increasingly distinct Christian ethos of the school. They are regularly involved with their own children at home, discussing the ‘value of the month’ or an area of RE teaching. Newsletters identify and define the value to be taught each month and pupils are encouraged to act out the value in real life situations. School council introduced the ‘You’ve been spotted cards’ for pupils to bring to the Headteacher, to encourage the appropriate behaviour and reward. They have also asked, when involved in the interview process, for their own question about Christian values to be included. Links with local and the wider community are strong, as shown in the recent provision of poppies for the Remembrance Garden for World War 1 and the invitation for grandparents to visit the reception class. Despite the interregnum, visits from members of the local parish church are regular. The lay reader and members of the congregation develop the pupil’s understanding of Jesus and Bible stories through practical teaching. Members of the nearby ‘The Living Rock Church’ and the Methodist Church also regularly support and assist the work of the school. Pupils now need to deepen their understanding of values so that they can describe what difference these values make to their lives. RE teaching through practical lessons, visits and discussion times enable pupils to broaden their knowledge. Visits to different places of faith worship and ‘in school ‘activities like
Faith Days have led to a greater awareness of cultural diversity. A day devoted to the ‘Day of the Cross’ involving pupils staff and governors brought about an increased understanding of the life of Jesus and reinforced the inclusive nature of the Christian community. The sensitive poetry produced from this day led to greater deepening of spirituality.
The impact of collective worship on the school community is good
Worship is central to the life of the whole school community and underpins the Christian character of this school. It provides a time when the Christian faith is taught and lived. Staff appreciate the peaceful moments after the rush of the morning. Prayer forms a regular part of school life and when questioned about collective worship pupils say, “we pray to God every day.” Pupils understand that prayer makes you think about other people and older pupils believe that God is with them when they say “if you are in trouble you can know that God can be by your side all the time”. Although pupils write prayers for church services, involvement in writing prayers for worship times, would enable pupils to have a real sense of being part of a supportive worshipping community. Pupils learn about the importance of God and Jesus and enthusiastically sing songs complete with actions about Christian values. Pupils now record their evaluations in the Faith book thus having the opportunity to influence change. Knowledge of bible stories is good and also the understanding that Jesus told stories to teach about friendship and service. “We learn from it and pass it on” is one of the messages gained from the teaching. Children have a good understanding of the symbol of Jesus as the light of the world and say, “that he will light up the right passage way”. They explained the Holy Trinity as three things holy and the spirit of Jesus. The act of worship observed was inspiring and encouraged pupils to reflect on the contrasting nature of the harvest in this and another country. Pictures on the interactive whiteboard helped the very young children to engage with the story. Awareness of the Anglican tradition is developed by the regular use of the parish church in addition to festival services, the planning of services and also the Anglican welcome and dismissal. The Peace
Garden, within school, provides an area for stillness and spiritual reflection for pupils and adults.
The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is good
The distinctive Christian vision is clearly evident and effectively promoted by the Headteacher, local church, governors and staff so that the school’s Anglican foundation is celebrated. The modelling and embedding of trust and humility into the school community has strengthened the Christian ethos showing that Christian values underpin policy and practice. The vision and spiritual leadership of the Headteacher is well supported by the whole school community. Cross curricular theme days, namely ‘Faith day’ and ‘Day of the Cross’ led by the Headteacher, have increased the knowledge of the pupils and developed the spirituality of the children. Inspired by the subject matter, pupils have written very sensitive poetry and developed creative skills. As a result, the attractive display of individual personal crosses shows that, ‘We are all children of God’. The Headteacher, staff and governors have correctly evaluated the effectiveness of the school’s Christian ethos identifying areas for further development. The Chair of governors, a regular visitor to the school sends detailed reports to the governing body evaluating the Christian ethos and reporting on school activities. Foundation governors make a significant contribution to the life of the school, although their role of formally evaluating the Christian ethos is underdeveloped. Parents feel involved and are informed of the ‘value of the month’ giving the pupils the opportunity to share their ideas. Parents speak highly of the pastoral support given to all pupils. Parents identify successful changes. They identify more frequent visits to church, older children walking with younger ones to church, children happily singing songs and asking questions at home. They are encouraged to attend worship and support church services. As members of the school council, pupils feel that they are consulted and are able to influence matters that concern them. During the interregnum, the Headteacher values the support and regular visits from members of the local parish church and from the Living Rock Church. The school takes an active part in community events locally. Each area identified as a focus for development in the last inspection has been addressed. Relationships of this Christian community are strengthened by the inclusive and welcoming nature of the school staff and governors. The leadership is effective and well placed to continue to develop as a church school.
Areas to improve