Outstanding Ofsted judgement for Christ Church C of E Primary School

Published: Monday January 29, 2024

A group of smiling children next to the school signChrist Church CofE Primary in Cheltenham is celebrating having been awarded an Outstanding rating in all five areas of effectiveness in an inspection last month.

The glowing report states that, “Pupils love to attend this school, and rightly so. They receive an excellent start to their education. This is because staff have the highest ambition for every pupil to become ‘the very best they can be’. Pupils leave the school highly equipped for the challenges of secondary education.”

“The school meticulously plans purposeful experiences far beyond the academic. This helps pupils to develop their character and confidence. These include organ recitals, literature festivals and inspirational visitors to speak to pupils . The school ensures that disadvantaged pupils never miss out. All of this work contributes to an inclusive and aspirational approach for all.”

The leadership team were particularly praised with the report stating that, “The headteacher is unwavering in her pursuit of excellence. The trust, staff and governors share in the vision and direction of the school . They leave no stone unturned in finding ways to refine the already excellent provision.”

Mrs Pope said, “I’m incredibly proud of the children, staff, governors and families who all have brought our vision to life.  I was delighted that the inspectors were able to witness and recognise our achievements and the opportunities that we offer.”

Chair of Governors, James Pope, (who is not related to the headteacher) said, “The Local Governing Body is delighted that the inspection team recognised the excellence that is an outcome of the hard work and dedication of the staff team, the positive approaches that children take to learning and the support that is provided by parents/carers.  We would like to highlight leadership, particularly the Headteacher whose vision and determination to realise the vision was captured by  the inspection team during the visit.”

Parent, Claudia Ford-Please, said,  “I want to pass on such a huge congratulations to all of the staff at Christ Church.  The rating is a fantastic reflection of all the work that the teachers, teaching partners, administration team, leadership team and support staff put in every day.  My family feel so lucky to be part of the Christ Church family and everyone should be really proud of everything they do.”

The school belongs to the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust which it joined in 2022. It is one of 21 primary schools in rural and urban locations throughout the Diocese of Gloucester.

Canon Rachel Howie, the Chief Executive Officer of DGAT, said, “I am delighted that this external judgment from Ofsted validates what the headteacher and Trust leaders know about the quality of education that the children at Christ Church get on a day-to-day basis. The staff and local governors work terrifically hard, doing their very best for the children they serve and this judgement is a well earned reflection of this.”

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