E-Newsletter Issue 117

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  E-Newsletter Issue 117: Friday 9th March 2018  

Hello Visitor,

Diocesan Inspection

On Wednesday, Inspectors from Peterborough Diocese visited our school to conduct their Diocesan Inspection. 

The Diocesan Inspection framework focuses on the key questions:

  • How well does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?
  • What is the impact of Collective Worship on the whole community?
  • How effective are the leadership and management of the school as a church school

On the basis of the judgements reached in these 3 areas, a final, overall judgement is given to the school on its ‘distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England School’.

During the inspection day, inspectors conducted a range of activities including:

  • Lesson observations 
  • Interviews with pupils
  • Scrutiny of children’s work and teachers’ planning
  • Scrutiny of performance data, policies and other key school documents
  • Meetings with school staff, governors and parents
  • Observation of whole school Collective Worship
  • Tour of the school conducted by pupils

Whilst the inspection was very thorough, it provided plenty of opportunity for the school to celebrate and reflect on its practice. The inspection report will not be available until just before the Easter holidays but it is certainly fair to say that I was very pleased with the verbal feedback. I am very much looking forward to sharing the report with you. 

My favourite quote from the day was when the lead inspector described our school as a 'very special place'.

Values Champions

Without exception, the pupils conducted themselves impeccably during this week's inspection. Children were selected to be interviewed by inspectors, others contributed well during collective worship, all children behaved superbly, worked hard and were rightly proud of their school.

Two children who received Values Champion certificates today were Charlie and Charlie. Not only were these children interviewed by inspectors but they also had the important task of conducting a tour of the school. Prior to the tour, Charlie and Charlie had spent time deciding where they were going to take the inspectors and what they were going to say and produced a very comprehensive plan so that nothing was missed. They were singled out for particular praise by the inspectors who found them to be passionate about the school's work and the role they play.  

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Easter Service

The Easter Service will take place in St Mary's Church on Wednesday 28th March at 1.30pm. This will be immediately followed by FOGS Easter Fair back in school from 2.00pm. 

We hope to see you there.

Training Day

As per the school website calendar, please note that there will be a training day on Friday 23rd March. 

Year 2 Residential

A date for your diary! Miss Jenkinson is in the process of organising Year 2's overnight residential which, this year, will take place on the 5th-6th July. Details to follow...


  Grendon Church Of England Primary School
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Tel: 01933 663208