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“…and walk in love, just as Christ also loves us…” Ephesians 5:2

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Barlestone C of E Primary school celebrates ‘Good’ SIAMS report.

Barlestone C of E Primary school has been rated ‘Good’ in all areas in its latest SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) report. Inspectors commented that all individuals are ‘treated with dignity and respect in this inspiring and nurturing school.’ 


The inspection took place on 15th May 2023, and highlights the efforts put in from both school and Rise trust staff to further implement the Christian teachings and values in all elements of the school. 


The school's main vision for pupils "and walk in love, just as Christ also loves us" is applied both through the school's curriculum and Christian teachings, where ‘collective worship is valued by all and is central to school life’. At the end of the school day children will say a prayer of reflection written by a member of the school. 


Inspectors also highlighted that the school has strong links to the local church community, and that pupils having the opportunity to learn about other religions during RE creates a stronger sense of community. 


Additionally, the school has implemented a ‘Pupils Champions programme’ in Year 6 which has developed students ‘resilience and self-confidence'. There is great emphasis on wellbeing not just the pupils, but staff, trustees and Diocese which further builds their relationships and allows everyone to flourish and succeed.  


Furthermore, parents also are enthusiastic about the relationship between school and church and have seen ‘very caring relationships’ develop from this. Rise MAT have worked closely with the school to implement a new curriculum which has created a better work-life balance for staff also. 


Jo Westaby, Headteacher commented ‘we are enormously proud that the strengths of our school vision and values have been recognised and celebrated in this report.  As a school we are committed to ensure that our school community ‘walk in love together’ so that all can flourish and succeed.’  


Mark Cole, Rise CEO said, ‘We are delighted that the many strengths of Barlestone’s Christian, values and ethos were recognised during the inspectors visit. The school is very highly regarded by the community it serves so well’ 


The full SIAMS report can be read at 


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