Inspector says Darley Dale school keeps the faith

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Staff and pupils at a Dales primary school are celebrating after inspectors found them to be a ‘good’ school.

Following a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS), carried out by the Dioceses of Derby in February, Darley Churchtown Primary School has been judged to be a ‘good’ church school.

The inspector was positive about the way in which the school promotes the wellbeing of all pupils.

The report states: “The love and care provided within the school is successfully ensuring that all pupils are treated equally and that the wellbeing of all pupils is very well supported.’”

It went on to say head teacher, Janine Stillwell, who has been at the school since last September has had an ‘immediate impact’ on the school, which ‘is reflected in the excellent care provided and the rising achievement of pupils.’

Staff at the school will now be working on providing more opportunities for pupils to visit or have links with other communities, to support understanding of other cultures and faiths.

During the day, the inspector spoke with the children, staff, governors and parents to gain their views about the school.

He was also taken on a tour of St Helen’s Church by the school council.

Janine Stillwell said: “I’m very proud of our pupils and the whole school community for this achievement.

“The inspector was able to see the Christian values that we teach the children and share together, clearly shining through everything we do.”

The report can be viewed by visiting the Darley Churchtown school website www.darleychurchtown.derbyshire.sch.uk