TWO schools have been dubbed outstanding for their Christian ethos.
Benedict Biscop CE Academy and The Venerable Bede CE Secondary School were both given high praise from the Statutory Inspection of Anglican schools (SIAS) after recent visits.
Paula Thompson, headteacher at Benedict Biscop, said this was a fantastic achievement and everyone at the school, in Marcross Drive, Moorside, was thrilled with the report.
She said: “It is a true reflection of our school and further reinforces the Ofsted outstanding judgement in February and the comment ‘each child is cherished as a unique individual and is taught to respect themselves for their special qualities and the contribution they make to the life of the school’.
“The report also acknowledges that the staff, governors and parents share the same vision for our children and the relentless pursuit of excellence by everyone, in developing every aspect of our children’s lives, results in outstanding spiritual, moral and cultural development.”
Gill Booth, headteacher at The Venerable Bede CE Secondary School, on Tunstall Bank, said: “This inspection report shows how much we value each other and is a credit to all of our students, staff and families.
“It highlights that we are a welcoming, inclusive, neighbourhood school, open to all. I am delighted that we have been judged as outstanding in all four categories. It is another accolade to our students and staff following on so soon from our excellent Ofsted report in January.”
The SIAS report on Benedict Biscop said: “It is a supportive, highly-cohesive learning community with Christianity at the heart of its work.
“The academy is inclusive with everyone valued in an ethos based on the love of Christ and the distinctiveness of Christianity.
“Pupils and staff flourish as unique individuals with their needs and successes appreciated and respect and sensitivity shown to those of Christian faith, to those of different faiths and to those of no faith.”
“Pupils’ behaviour is outstanding. Spiritual development is outstanding.”
The report about Venerable Bede said: “The school’s outstanding ethos establishes it as a Christian community that is safe, happy, affirming and with a clear commitment to living out its values in practice.