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					Board of Education
Report on the Denominational Inspection carried out under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 of

Woodchurch C.E (Aided) Primary School
Church Lane, Woodchurch, Wirral, Merseyside, CH49 7LS

Telephone number: Fax number: Email: Web site: URN: Status Diocese Local Authority Type of school Age range of pupils Gender of pupils Chair of Governors Head teacher

0151 677 4788 0151 677 9306 schooloffice@woodchurch-pri.wirral.sch.uk www.woodchurch-pri.wirral.sch.uk 015167 Voluntary Aided Chester Wirral Primary 4-11 Mixed Mrs. A. Cretney Mr. B. McGregor

Inspection date: 12th July 2007 Date of previous inspection: 17th March 2003 Inspector: Inspector number: Sharon Dean 494

Church House, Lower Lane, Aldford, Chester CH3 6HP Telephone: 01244 620444 Fax: 01244 620456 E-mail: jeff.turnbull@chester.anglican.org
Diocesan Board of Education is a company limited by guarantee registered in England (no. 85176) and a registered charity (no. 525790)

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Woodchurch C.E ( Aided) Primary School as a Church of England school are good. Woodchurch C.E (Aided) Primary School is an effective school with many strengths. Spiritual, moral and social development, is embedded. Coupled with the excellent behaviour and respect all pupils and staff have for each other it is a positive illustration of the Christian ethos of the school. The committed headteacher works extremely hard with the governors, staff and community to ensure the school’s Christian foundation is firmly established. School context Woodchurch C.E, (Aided) Primary School is set in a large housing estate, on the Wirral, in the Diocese of Chester. It has 217 children on role. The majority of pupils are British, white and come from a range of social backgrounds. The proportion of pupils claiming free school meals are almost twice the national average. The school has been awarded the Artsmark and Artsmark gold awards and has the healthy schools bronze award.

Established strengths  The impact of collective worship on the whole school community.  The positive relationships between the Head teacher, all staff, Governors and parents.  The social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of the pupils.

Focus(es) for development  Ensure 5% of the timetable is allocated to the learning and teaching of R.E  To implement the monitoring and assessment of R.E.  Use the school environment to encourage spiritual development. Woodchurch, C.E Primary School is good in meeting the needs of all learners through its distinctive Christian character. The welcoming sign clearly demonstrates that this is a Church of England school. Awards are given pride of place in the school and are available for everyone to see. Christian symbols are evident in every area of school, using a cross, candle and a focal table in each classroom. This creates a focus for the children during prayer and times of reflection which children readily use during the day if appropriate. The space for Collective worship is imaginatively prepared with music, I.C.T and displays and ready for Christian worship. The worship with the church and in school is integral to school life. The school develops the whole child and is effective in nurturing their faith. All pupils feel valued and special and have a strong sense of responsibility towards each other. Children talked about the ‘friendship bench’ where they look after others. There is good provision for learners of all abilities and the school demonstrates a positive climate of achievement through celebration worship. Children talked about feeling safe and being able to talk to any teacher or the Headteacher if they needed to. The children’s level of self esteem is evident in all aspects of school life, but in particular they talk about collective worship with enthusiasm. Children visit other schools to gain ideas which are then discussed through the school council. Children explore other cultures and visits enhance their learning. This is evident in some displays throughout the school. The school has evidence of R.E displays throughout the school although there could be more impact if these were developed in key ‘whole school’ areas and in every classroom. The relationship between the school and the incumbent is excellent both supporting each other in an effective way. Collective worship has an outstanding effect on the school community. Collective worship is central to the life of the school. All pupils and staff engage fully with the worship and enter into singing and prayer willingly and with a feeling of reverence. A range of services include split key stage worship, whole school worship, and worship in school or church which are delivered by all school staff. The Harvest, Christingle, Christmas and Easter services are held in church and are

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attended well by the community. Members of the church congregation visit school to lead sessions on ‘Open the book’, telling different parts of the Bible. This highlights for the pupils the importance of church worship and ensures they are familiar with Anglican practices. The children talk about their enjoyment of listening to others in school. The school has positive and regular links with the local church and the incumbent is involved in the worship of the school on a regular basis. She contributes to the quality and depth of worship in terms of time given to the school, talent and encouragement. Children respond with enthusiasm. The monthly church service is attended well by parents and its popularity is increasing illustrating the positive impact of worship not only on the pupils but the wider school community. The children respond clearly to the vicar leading ‘The Lord be with you’ and are able to explain other responses used. There is a clear focal point both in church and in school and this is further evident in each of the classrooms with a book of school prayers which the children choose to read. Worship is planned in detail and makes clear links with the church year and the wider curriculum, in particular the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspect. On going self evaluation is evident of collective worship and this now needs embedding. Imaginative use is made of Collective worship, using I.C.T and music to develop inspiration and spiritual growth. The involvement of children is a key feature in both services seen and the effect on their self esteem was evident in discussions. Their behaviour was of a high standard. The focus on the Lords Prayer this year has made the children aware of its meaning, and their ability to say it in different languages was outstanding. Further links have been made with the local Catholic Church and joint services have been held covering different themes, such as Pentecost. The pupils talked with respect of other people’s beliefs and cultures.

The effectiveness of religious education is satisfactory.
Pupils are clear why they are studying R.E and are interested in the subject. The current scheme is under review and the new Wirral scheme will be implemented in September 2007. The curriculum explores the Anglican tradition and the local church and clergy are involved in lessons effectively. Role playing services, such as Baptism helps children to appreciate the symbolic aspects of the services and understand their deeper meaning. The incumbent also delivers part of the curriculum to the children in school or in church. Lessons observed were satisfactory or better and there was clear evidence of the usage of I.C.T. A clear strength both in planning and the lessons observed was the time given to the spiritual and moral development of learners. All teachers’ delivery R.E in a creative way, enabling the children to be fully inclusive. The effective teaching enables the children to progress in their knowledge of R.E The pupil/ teacher relationships are good providing a positive atmosphere in the class. In the children’s work there are marked variations in progress and not all pupils achieve levels appropriate to their age and/or abilities. In general, marking of work does not support future learning or engage children in a dialogue to test their understanding.The new R.E subject leader has been in post since January 2007 and as yet, has not been able to monitor and evaluate the R.E Curriculum. However, she is clearly aware of the current situation and has a detailed action plan of how to improve. No consistent assessment of R.E takes place. All stakeholders recognise the importance of R.E in the life of the school although at present not enough time is allocated to the subject. Leadership and management of this church school are good. The Headteacher is new to the post and is in the process of critically evaluating what needs to be implemented to move the school forward. His vision for the school is very clear, both in terms of support and challenge for everyone. He ensures that all pupils are provided with an education that is based on and reflects Christian values. The mission statement will be reviewed in the near future. In the school development plan there are clear actions for maintaining the links with the church and the local community and further developing the school as a church school. Members of the Governing body support the Headteacher in realizing his vision for the school, and are central to moving things forward. The excellent Christian relationship between all the staff, senior management team and Governing body is central to the school and impacts on the whole school ethos. The pupil’s talk about their school in terms of personal and spiritual development and how the Headteacher is open to suggestions made by the school council. A recent survey using the ‘Pupils attitudes to self and school’ shows that the majority of pupils are secure at school. Parents speak positively about the way the school seeks their views and how any issues are acted upon immediately. Pupils fund raise for charities and are able to talk about others less fortunate than themselves. A recent event was the ‘Race for Life’. Through good Woodchurch C.E (Aided) Primary School

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leadership and management the school provides pupils with opportunities to grow and develop within a very effective, friendly and caring ethos. Every opportunity is given for the children to enhance their learning. Visitors have been the ‘Bible Explorer’ drama group, the Melanesian brothers and the Bishop. The enthusiasm of the Headteacher to develop the buildings and surroundings of the school and the introduction of new initiatives such as the ‘walking bus’ has made an impact on the atmosphere within the school and beyond.

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