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School inspectors praise East Riding academy

A Church of England school in the East Riding that converted to an academy at the end of last year has been praised for its “true sense of community evident… this is a family”.

Sigglesthorne Church of England Primary Academy was awarded a ‘Good’ rating by inspectors from SIAMS, the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools.

In their report, inspectors said its chosen values of truth, community and perseverance are “clearly visible in all aspects of this school’s work. Such values impact positively on achievement and attainment.”

They noted that the school was very popular with its local community and praised the children for “exhibiting excellent conduct, demonstrating great care, compassion and support for their peers.

“The children’s learning and wellbeing is good, with children stating how much they enjoy school. This results in good attendance. They feel confident to approach staff with any problems or concerns.” A parent said that: “Nothing is too much trouble.”

Sigglesthorne joined Ebor Academy Trust in December 2016.

Jacqui Grant, Head of School, said: “We are all thrilled to receive such an excellent report that captures the essence of our wonderful school community. I’d particularly like to thank the children, who are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for the staff.”

School inspectors were complimentary about the role of the Trust in their report. They said: “The trust’s aim is to celebrate the uniqueness of each school and to add value to life at the school in whatever way it can. This is an ethos that staff and parents value greatly.”

Richard Ludlow, chief executive of Ebor Academy Trust, said: “Sigglesthorne rightly deserve their praise. A very well done to all concerned. SIAMS’ school inspections are becoming more rigorous and so a ‘Good’ result is an impressive achievement.”

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