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Ofsted and SIAMS inspections and Performance Data

Message to Parents, 22nd April 2022


Dear Parents and Carers

With this letter you will find a copy of the Ofsted report on the inspection carried out back in early January this year. The report was clearly disappointing for the school.
As you know, Mrs Strand, an experienced headteacher with a track record of success, took over the leadership of the school straight after the inspection. This enabled us to take decisive steps to address areas of concern, and we have already addressed all the principal issues identified in the report.

Systems and processes around safeguarding recordkeeping were completely overhauled and were given a clean bill of health in an independent review carried out by the local authority back in early March. All staff training on safeguarding is also completed and up to date. As soon as the report of that review is finalised, we will write to you with more detail and the key findings. However, we are able to share at this point the very reassuring conclusion of the reviewer: “in my opinion, Bishop Chavasse Primary School and its staff are more than able to meet the safeguarding needs of the children in its care.”

We also made rapid changes to some aspects of teaching. This includes updating our approach to teaching phonics, where our performance has been strong and where practice is now consistent and fully aligned with the well-regarded scheme Read Write Inc. Other aspects of teaching have also been changed to ensure that pupils make strong progress, find lessons more engaging and understand and remember what they have been taught. Many parents have fed back positively to us about these changes.
Alongside these key improvements which address the issues highlighted in the Ofsted report, we are also actively building on areas of strength highlighted in the report as we are determined to make these even better. These include early years provision, behaviour and the personal development of pupils, all of which Ofsted identified as being already good.

The school has kept parents fully updated on changes throughout and it has been encouraging to receive many expressions of support for the school as it moves forward in a stronger position. We are very keen to keep parents as fully involved as possible as the school moves forward. The Local Governing Body, which consists predominantly of parents at the school, has met to consider the improvement work underway and is providing very helpful input and challenge.

We look forward to welcoming Ofsted back within a short period of time to see for themselves how decisively the issues identified have been addressed. We are now confident that pupils at our school are safe, flourishing and progressing well, and are determined that the school will continue to improve in the months and years ahead. We will be writing to you again shortly to invite you to a further meeting in May to meet the school’s leadership and ask any outstanding questions you may have.
We are ambitious for the school and its pupils and are committed to ensuring that they receive nothing short of the best possible education.

Yours sincerely

I R Bauckham CBE


Ofsted Inspection Report 11-12 January 2022

SIAMS Inspections

All Church of England dioceses and the Methodist Church use the Church of England Education Office's framework for the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. 


SIAMS inspection focuses on the impact of the Church school's Christian vision on pupils and adults. This involves looking at the school’s Christian vision, the provision the school makes because of this vision and how effective this provision is in enabling all pupils to flourish. Church schools will employ a variety of strategies and styles appropriate to, and reflective of, their particular context in order to be distinctively and effectively Christian in their character and ethos. SIAMS inspectors therefore do not look for a set template of what a Church school should be like, but rather take the particular context of the school into account and base their evaluation on the outcomes rather than the process.


The Evaluation Schedule has one inspection question: How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?

This is explored through seven strands:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Wisdom, Knowledge and Skills
  • Character Development: Hope, Aspiration and Courageous Advocacy
  • Community and Living Well Together
  • Dignity and Respect
  • The impact of collective worship
  • The effectiveness of religious education 

One overall grade is awarded reflecting the contribution of these strands to the flourishing of pupils and adults in a Church school. 


Bishop Chavasse CofE SIAMS Inspection Report 2019

Bishop Chavasse received their SIAMS Inspection during December 2019, and were inspected under the new SIAMS Inspection framework 2019.


Performance Data

If you would like to hear more about how our performance is monitored, please contact the school office for more details.