Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services
and Skills. Ofsted inspects and regulates services that care for
children and young people, and services providing education.
On 23 March 2021 Christ Church received
an Ofsted remote monitoring inspection.
To read our glowing report please click here.
To read the Frome Times article about our previous
(October 2019) inspection, click here.
Click here to read the full 2019 Ofsted report.
To read a letter to parents/carers explaining
the 2019 Ofsted judgement, please click here.
To view our 2012 and 2014 Ofsted reports, see below:
Ofsted school inspection – October 2012 – “Good” grade
Ofsted nursery inspection – June 2014 – “Good” grade
SIAMS refers to the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and
Methodist Schools. All Church of England schools are
inspected every five years by a SIAMS inspector.
SIAMS inspection – April 2015 – “Outstanding” grade
In the School Prospectus, Mr Kaye's “Welcome from the Headteacher” sums up the Christ Church's inclusive, kind-hearted, child-centred ethos like this:
We believe a great school overflows with the sound of cheerful children playing and learning with their friends ... We know that children who are happy at school work better and achieve more than children who feel stressed and unhappy ... we do all that we can to make every day inspiring, engaging and joyful – filled with moments of awe, wonder and wow; with lots of sticky, messy, gooey, glittery, painty, muddy activities.
In a nutshell: at Christ Church we believe children should be allowed and encouraged to be children! We want children to be motivated to try new things and achieve the best that they can.
“Christ Church is a happy, caring school. The warm welcome each day from staff helps
pupils to settle well … There is a strong sense of community. Everyone is valued here.”
“Staff have high expectations of behaviour. In response, most pupils behave
well and try hard … Bullying seldom happens and is not tolerated here.”
“Parents and carers appreciate the school’s nurturing and inclusive
environment. They feel their children are in ‘safe hands’.”
“Leaders make sure that they prepare pupils to be good citizens.
Pupils are polite and friendly … Pupils learn how to accept others
from a variety of backgrounds and to tolerate and value their differences.”
“Staff provide strong help and support for all pupils. They support pupils’
emotional and mental health well. Pupils find activities such as
yoga very calming … Pupils feel safe and well cared for.”
“Leaders have set out ambitious plans for pupils’ learning in different subjects.
For example, in history there is a clear order for learning about key events.
Pupils talk knowledgeably about the invasions of Britain.”
“In the Nursery class … children settle well. Adults’ focus on teaching speaking
and listening is helping the two-and three-year-olds to talk confidently. Regular
teaching is increasing their love of early reading and understanding of numbers.”
“The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Christ Church First School as a Church of England school are outstanding.”
“The school maxim, ‘Children don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care’ is lived out.”
“In accordance with its Christian values, the school works in harmony with parents and the local community: therefore, learners, staff, governors and parents feel valued and contribute to the school’s success.”
“The dedicated headteacher and active, well-informed cohesive leadership team
are eager to improve standards and promote Christian values.”
“The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school is outstanding.”
“The school’s Christian ethos is demonstrated in the trust the children have in their teachers
and the faith that the staff have in children’s abilities.”
“The school is excellent at providing for all its learners; academically, socially and spiritually.”
“The children’s achievement is a reflection of the close analysis of their progress and attention to their welfare.”
“Groups of children are effectively supported through nurture groups, parent support, academic intervention, grouping and differentiation. As a result, children achieve their best and make good progress.”
“The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding.”