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					             National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report

All Saints Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School
School Lane
Bednall
Staffordshire
ST17 0SD
Diocese: Lichfield
Local authority: Staffordshire
Date of inspection: 5.2.09
Date of last inspection: 3-4.4.06
School’s unique reference number: 124329
Headteacher: Mr P Hayward
Inspector’s name and number: Mrs E M McWhirter MA 244
                                         School context
All Saints Bednall is a small rural church primary school, serving its local community.
Currently there are 69 pupils on roll. The headteacher has been in post since April 2007,
following a deputy headship in the school. The extensive building work due to be completed
at Easter will enhance and support the school’s vision and mission.
    The distinctiveness and effectiveness of All Saints Bednall as a Church of England
                                  school are outstanding
All Saints Bednall is outstanding as a church school as the whole community is committed to
‘working together to achieve the best.’ The school enjoys an excellent partnership with the
parish church of All Saints. Together they are a visible Christian presence at the heart of this
village community. The whole school community strongly believes that ‘we can do great
things.’
                                     Established strengths
     The spiritual vision and leadership of the headteacher supported by the whole school
      community
     The inclusive Christian ethos where every child feels valued
     The strong links with the parish church of All Saints
                                     Focus for development
     Put in place the suggestions made by pupils in their reflections and evaluation of
      collective worship
    The school, through its distinctive Christian character, is outstanding at meeting the
                                     needs of all learners
All Saints is inspiring and is a place where all pupils feel unique and special and all are
valued. As a member of the parent body commented,’ there is a real family atmosphere with
everyone looking out for each other.’ This grounding ensures this school is a place where
’everyone blends in’ and is inclusive of all. The Anglican foundation of the school is the core
of all that is achieved. All pupils speak of enjoying school as they ’learn more about God.’ The
chair of governors speaks of everyone feeling part of the school community where faith and
church worship is respected. Christian values underpin policy and practice. They are
modelled and upheld in an environment where the school is seen to value the widest range of
achievement and every child feels able to make a positive contribution. This is seen in
activities including the wildlife garden, music and other areas of school life. Religious
education displays both inside and outside school further enhance and underpin the school’s
strong Christian ethos. Support for charities such as Christian Aid is clearly evident, indicating
a strong sense of gratitude and service in action. The weekly school newsletter has a key role
in ‘spreading the good news’ . The current one encourages families to celebrate Lent. The
school is focussing on others in order to prepare to celebrate Easter. The whole school
environment, both indoors and outdoors, is rich with opportunities for pupils to develop
spiritually.
         The impact of collective worship on the school community is outstanding
The attitudes of all pupils to worship in school are outstanding. Collective worship is clearly at
the heart of this school which permeates school life. As one pupil put it, ’worship helps us to
find out more about God and learn how God is real.’ Pupils are clear about the distinction
between assembly and worship. They are immensely proud ‘when we say well done to other
people and praise them for achieving their goal’ and appreciate the ’time to get together and
think about other people.’ An excellent example of this is when pupils were dropping pebbles
into the water which, as one pupil said,’ makes you feel good as you are going to do
something to help other people during Lent.’ All pupils speak openly about the importance of
prayer in their lives and take both at school and at home. One young pupil replicated the
collective worship corner in her bedroom whilst a Year 6 pupil spoke of praying for guidance
kneeling by his bed. Older pupils convey deep thinking as they reflect on praying The Lord’s
Prayer, showing understanding that ’repentance is a deeper version of forgiveness.’ Virtually
all pupils enjoy prayer, and most write their own and use them in worship. The prayer of the
week is displayed in all classrooms and published in the weekly newsletter. Major festivals in
the church year are celebrated in the parish church, emphasizing the close links between
school and church; and parents speak highly of these special times as do the pupils. In
addition, the school reflects some of the Anglican rituals such as using a worship table
displaying Christian symbols enabling pupils to reflect. There are plans to fully extend and
embed the monitoring of worship by taking on board the pupils’ own suggestions in their
reflections and evaluations so that worship is continually improving in style, quality and
integrity.
                   The effectiveness of the religious education is good
Pupil attitude is a strength in this subject because the learning activities are exciting,
engaging and varied and enable them to give of their best. All pupils work positively with
enjoyment and in a spirit of co- operation. The status of the subject is high and led and
managed well by the headteacher so that the curriculum fully supports learning in this
subject. Pupils’ work is prominently displayed in church reinforcing the commitment of the
school and church to value one another. Standards are above diocesan expectations and
assessment and monitoring procedures are working well. Key Stage One pupils can speak of
the power of miracles whilst Key Stage Two pupils enjoy ‘talking and interacting with other
people ,sharing their ideas’ and can clearly articulate the commonalities and differences
between the three great monotheistic faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. All pupils
respect these faiths and their beliefs, acknowledging that ‘we believe in one God.’ Pupil
books show thoughtful comments on prayer and belief and responses to key questions.
Religious education contributes greatly to pupils’ spiritual development so that pupils are
open to exploring their own spiritual journey in life. Learning is enhanced by prominent ,
interactive bright displays which reflect the distinctive yet inclusive character of All Saints,
encouraging pupils to engage further in their learning.
The effectiveness of the leadership and management of the school as a church school
                                    is outstanding
The distinctive Christian vision is clearly evident and effectively promoted by the
headteacher, incumbent, governors and staff so that the school’s Anglican foundation is
articulated and celebrated. The vision and spiritual leadership of the headteacher is well
supported by the whole school community. It is immensely evident that an excellent
partnership exists with school and church working closely together which enables the school
to go from strength to strength as a church school. This contributes greatly to community
cohesion. The Comenius project’s link with Turkey has taken this into a global dimension.
Everyone works hard to ensure the development of the whole child to his/her fullest potential,
equipping them with skills for life. Hopes and aspirations are high. A good example of this is
the vocation to preach which one Key Stage Two pupil clearly believes in. Parents feel
involved and included by being consulted, and pupils enjoy the opportunity to share their
ideas. The development of the school council is a strength of the school. Governors make a
difference through their active involvement, in their monitoring and evaluation. Mechanisms
to support this are in place in school. All areas have been addressed since the last
inspection, yet they are open to new ways to move the school forward and this includes a
higher profile on school life in the parish magazine. There are good and supportive links with
the diocese, which has included a visit from the Bishop of Stafford.
SIAS report February 2009 All Saints VA Primary, Bednall, Stafford, ST17 0SD

				
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