St Thomas' Ofsted & Inspection Reports
We had our statutory inspection of Anglican schools in March 2020 and were graded as excellent in all areas. The key findings were as follows:
- A clear, explicit and ambitious Christian vision is shared by leaders, governors and staff and lived out in every aspect of the school’s life so that adults and pupils, regardless of their faith or background, are valued, thrive and flourish.
- Pupils enter the school with lower than average levels of attainment. However, the school’s clear vision leads to excellent, personalised and compassionate support so that, each one makes excellent progress and, by the time they leave the school, most attain standards that are higher than national expectations.
- The vision leads to a strong sense of community in all the school does and pupils love the high levels of engagement with the cultural diversity around them. In partnership with the parish church, the school is recognised as a beacon of hope and a centre of reconciliation and support to the community it serves.
- Collective worship is an articulation of the school’s inclusive vision. It is deeply Christian, yet its richness and variety embraces pupils of all faiths and beliefs and affirms all who attend.
- Religious Education (RE) is expertly taught. As an outworking of the vision, pupils learn deep lessons about Christianity and can make strong and relevant connections between the other faiths they study.
Ofsted praised St Thomas’ when they visited in November 2014. They said:
“This is an outstanding school, where pupils display exemplary behaviour and attitudes. They leave the school as articulate and mature learners, ready for the next stage of their education. Pupils from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and social circumstances work and play together harmoniously. Pupils are safeguarded effectively.Leaders work as a close-knit team and are led by a highly effective headteacher.The spiritual, moral, social and cultural work of the school is a strength. Pupils benefit from a rich curriculum, and a wide range of experiences which equip them for life in modern Britain”