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Holy Trinity Church of England Infants’ School, Southwell, receive a glowing SIAMS report


By Rachel Armitage


Teachers and pupils are celebrating receiving top marks in their latest church school inspection.

Holy Trinity Church of England Infants’ School, Southwell, received a rating of excellence in their latest Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Church Schools (SIAMS) report.

The SIAMS takes place every five years and judges a school on its Christian distinctiveness.

Tony Derby, executive headteacher Marie Thompson and Reverend Andrew Porter from Holy Trinity Church, Southwell with pupils Isabelle Jardine, Harry Milligan, Samuel Thompson and Millie Everington.
Tony Derby, executive headteacher Marie Thompson and Reverend Andrew Porter from Holy Trinity Church, Southwell with pupils Isabelle Jardine, Harry Milligan, Samuel Thompson and Millie Everington.

Holy Trinity was graded excellent in all areas following its outstanding rating in its previous two inspections.

Executive head Marie Thompson said: “We are really proud that everything we are doing in school is being recognised and supported by the parents, children, staff and governors. Hopefully everyone can see our Christian values shine through.

“Through our PTA and including the school’s parents in our open door policy, we want our parents to feel like they are part of the school and our small size helps every child feel like they are family.”

Holy Trinity was one of the first schools in the county to be inspected under new SIAMS criteria.

Schools are no longer be judged as outstanding and must present a case for their excellence, which is considerably harder to achieve than outstanding.

‘We are really proud that everything we are doing in school is being recognised.’

The highlights of the report stated that the school’s motto — I can, you can, together we can grow to be the best that God created us to be ­— infuses every aspect and dimension of the school.

Other comments included: “Everyone flourishes because they feel highly valued as individuals and are treated with the greatest of dignity and respect,” and “the creative curriculum, with an emphasis on awe and wonder to enhance the spiritual dimension, is tailored to meet the needs of all children.”

The certificate was presented to staff, children and governors by Tony Derby, from the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, at a special collective worship last week at Holy Trinity Church to mark the achievement.



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