posted 25th April 2020
SIAMS grades St Matthew’s School “Excellent”

St Matthew’s School is an “EXCELLENT SCHOOL” (SIAMS inspection – March 2020)

Overall Judgement: Excellent
Impact of Collective Worship: Excellent
Effectiveness of Religious Education (RE): Excellent

Some good news for our local community to celebrate at this time!

In the final week before all schools were closed, St Matthew’s Church of England Primary School was visited for its Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). All church schools such as St Matthew’s are required to have a SIAMS inspection every five years. The rigour of the inspection is in line with that of Ofsted.

The report praises, “the school’s exemplary focus on the individual’s gifts and talents” and “the passionate and committed leadership of the headteacher, ably supported by her senior leadership team and all staff.”

“Pupils make at least expected, and often accelerated progress, whatever their starting point.”

“The curriculum is aspirational and well-planned. Through it pupils are engaged, motivated and encouraged in their learning.”

“The curriculum is enriched through a range of extra-curricular experiences which are enjoyed and very well responded to by pupils.”

“Pupils’ spiritual development is enriched through focused opportunities across the curriculum, including in RE, and through the excellent worship programme.”

“Pupils’ moral and social development are also strongly catered for.”

Mrs Janet Lightfoot, Headteacher, said “This is a tremendous and well deserved achievement, with the top grade of “excellent” in every category, giving external validation of our school’s excellent academic and broad curriculum and inclusive provision for all our children. We are very proud of St Matthew’s School, and its strong community of children and adults. Amidst all the uncertainty around us at present it’s good to have something to celebrate!”

Full SIAMS Report (PDF)

Letter from the Headteacher (PDF)