Knight’s Templar Community Church School had its Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) in November 2017.
The school is inspected in four key areas; how the school, through its distinctive Christian character meets the needs of its learners, the impact of Collective Worship, the effectiveness of Religious Education and the effectiveness of leadership and management. The school was judged to be good in all areas.
The key findings of the report were:
- the new Head Teacher has re-invigorated the school and with the support of the leadership team has the capacity to sustain the pace of improvement
- The partnership with the churches in Watchet enriches the life of the school
- The school makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual development and motivates them to take an active role in their community
- There is a renewed understanding of how the four core values of love, hope, belonging and commitment are rooted in Christian teaching.
- All staff and pupils now begin each morning together in worship. This gives a high profile to the school’s Christian character and sets the tone for teaching and learning throughout the day.
Areas for further development:
- Provide senior leaders with access to resources for Church of England and Methodist initiatives and training at both local and national levels to sustain the current momentum as a church school.
- Review and amend the curriculum for RE
- Governors to establish regular systems for the review and evaluation of religious education, collective worship and the Christian vision and values of the school.
- Develop pupils’ use of classroom reflection areas to deepen their spiritual and critical thinking by making connections between issues of faith and their own life experiences.
The full report can be found below.