Ofsted (2012 inspection findings – top of the page) & SIAMS (2017 inspection findings – lower section of the page)

Findings from the 2012 Ofsted Report

Headlines: key findings

  • ‘This is an outstanding school. Pupils flourish in all aspects of their academic achievement.’
  • ‘One parent commented typically, “This school is inspiring, and offers a unique environment where my child absolutely thrives.”’

Headlines: achievement of pupils

  • ‘Children enter the Early Years Foundation Stage with skills that are expected for their age. By the end of their Reception Year, children’s skills are above those expected for their age.’
  • ‘Almost all pupils, including disabled pupils & those with special educational needs, achieve standards that demonstrate sustained high achievement based on their starting points as they move through Key Stages 1 & 2.’

Headlines: quality of teaching

  • ‘All staff, including teachers and teaching assistants, have high expectations of what pupils can achieve.’
  •  ‘In all classes, high quality bespoke support meets individual learning needs very effectively.’

Headlines: behaviour and safety of pupils

  • ‘Pupils make an exceptional contribution to the atmosphere of mutual respect and consideration for others that make this school a highly cohesive, calm and orderly learning community.’
  • ‘Arrangements for safeguarding pupils meet statutory requirements and give no cause for concern, and child protection procedures are exemplary.’

Headlines: leadership and management

  • All leaders and managers, including the governing body, and staff lead by example and share high aspirations for sustained and even greater improvement in achievement for all pupils. They know their strengths well and plan very effective actions to address relative weaknesses.’
  • They share a sense of purpose and drive and ensure that an outstanding curriculum provides a wide range of rich, memorable experiences and opportunities for high quality learning for all pupils.’


Inspection Headlines: 

The distinctiveness and effectiveness of St John’s as a Church of England school are outstanding

  • The headteacher, incumbent and governors share and articulate an ambitious Christian vision for the school that ensures that it lives out its mission of faith, excellence and enjoyment.
  • Christian values are evident in every aspect of the school’s life and inspire its many contributions to the community.
  • Worship and prayer are the heartbeat of the school, affirming adults and pupils, regardless of their faith or belief.
  • The rich and fulfilling religious education (RE) curriculum gives pupils a deep understanding of Christianity and key world faiths so that they recognise similarities and celebrate difference.
  • The strong and effective partnership with the parish church unite them as a shining light of Christian love in the community they serve.