A VILLAGE school has been praised by inspectors for its ‘distinctive’ approach to learning and the moral grounding it instils in pupils.
Richard Wakefield CE Primary School, in Burton Street, Tutbury, was rated ‘good’ in all areas in the National Society statutory inspection of Anglican schools report.
Inspector David Gentle, who visited the school on February 6, said the school was ‘developing good provision to promote the concept and importance of faith’, particularly linking this to Christian values.
He said the school’s ‘distinctiveness’ was contributing strongly to the personal development of pupils and praised the ‘strong programme of improvement’ led by head teacher Saroj Bell, staff and governors.
Mr Gentle said: “Pupils are happy at school and speak of a wide range of extra-curricular activities that develop their individual skills.
“Pupils have a strong awareness of different faiths, being able to debate such issues as common perceptions of God, and through this their cultural development is strong.
“As a result of excellent planning and the involvement of the local church, worship plays an important and significant part in promoting the school’s distinctiveness and in shaping pupils’ attitude and behaviour.”
Mrs Bell told the Mail: “The report has a lot of evidence of wonderful teamwork and a shared vision.
“Governors and staff are delighted with this excellent report, which recognises the effort everyone has put in to develop a culture for success.
“This will motivate everyone to work even harder so that pupils can build upon their personal achievements.”
Colin Hopkins, director of diocese education, added: “It is wonderful to see a school working closely with the church to provide faith as a basis for good education.
“Rev Alexandrina Mann, vicar of Tutbury, works exceedingly hard to develop community links.”