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St Peter's Crosskeys Church of England Academy in Farndon receives glowing report from church school inspectorate SIAMS

A school has been praised by inspectors for helping its pupils to ‘flourish and grow’.

St Peter's Crosskeys Church of England Academy is celebrating after receiving a glowing report from SIAMS — the body responsible for inspecting church schools across the country.

The report states that the school provides an engaging educational environment that prepares children for life, with the hope and ambition to achieve their best.

Head teacher, Matthew Tomlinson pictured with pupils
Head teacher, Matthew Tomlinson pictured with pupils

Inspectors also noted the way in which the whole school community works together to build respect and understanding for one another.

Pupils are also encouraged to flourish and grow with confidence and be successful members of society.

School head, Matthew Tomlinson, said: “Our school is deeply rooted in transformational Christian love, which impacts the lives of our pupils and adults.

“Everything we do is based on our love for the children that come here and we have the belief that every child can become the very best that they can be.

“What is mentioned in the report is embedded in the school and is a celebration of the journey that we are on.”

Head teacher, Matthew Tomlinson
Head teacher, Matthew Tomlinson

Mr Tomlinson joined the school from Elston 18-months ago, but recently took over as the permanent school head.

He said: “When I first came here I knew this was the place I wanted to be.

“I feel very lucky to have this job. It’s an amazing place to be and everybody wants the absolute best for the children.

“Our teachers really do walk the walk. They are passionate educators and they absolutely embody the school’s values.”

Currently the school has over 180 pupils, with plans to grow the school and connect with the wider community in Farndon.

The church plays a big part in the school, with collective worships and regular visits to church for celebrations such as the harvest festival, Easter, Christmas and more.

SIAMS inspectors also noted that the curriculum is well led and that the school offers ‘tailored and adapted support’ for those with additional needs, and ensures they access the education they deserve.

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