SHEPTON Beauchamp Church School has received a glowing report from Church inspectors.

The SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) report praised "inspirational" leadership "driving accelerated and positive progress".

Inspector Alison Appleyard delivered an overall 'Good' rating, noting how the school’s "aspirational Christian vision underpins all leadership decisions and actions".

The school, under the leadership of headteacher Connel Boyle, was commended for the way all children are able to flourish, with pupil confidence "growing" and youngsters reporting how proud they feel of being part of their school.

Ms Appleyard said the school, which is in a partnership with St Mary and St Peter’s Church School in Ilton, was particularly strong in partnership work with the local church, the community, the Bath and Wells Diocese and the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust.

She said: “Relationships are strong across the school community, including those with the federated school, St Mary and St Peter’s.

"Shared staff, joint planning, and combined events enrich both schools’ learning offer.

“The school and parish community join together for worship in church and for local events such as an Eco Festival and switching on Ilminster Christmas lights.”

Children are happy and know their wellbeing is a top priority.

Ms Appleyard added: “Pupils feel empowered to ask questions of staff and each other and tell me that they know, ‘We are surrounded by people who want to help us'.

"Pupils flourish because staff are committed to ensuring the best learning opportunities for their pupils.

"During the national lockdowns, they went the extra mile with doorstep calls and walking libraries.

“This is a highly inclusive school welcoming all pupils and offering ‘second chances’ and ‘fresh starts’.

"Parents acknowledge the difference this makes to their children, bringing reluctant school attenders back into school.

"Pupils respect each other’s differences and new pupils are readily welcomed by their peers and supported to flourish.

Children see the school garden with its reflection bus stop as "a great thinking place".

She said: “There is a strong sense of community and despite the headteacher having only been at the school for six months, he has set a clear vision for the school’s forward journey.

“Following their vision, leaders make courageous decisions in such areas as staffing and finances to drive school progress forward.

"As a result, learning gaps, exacerbated by the recent Covid pandemic, are closing.

“Families feel included in school life, well-informed through newsletters and Facebook page, and enjoy being part of school family.”

Mr Boyle said: “We are all absolutely thrilled by this report which is a testament to the hard work of our staff, the support of our parents, community, church, diocese and trust family, and our brilliant children.

“But we will not be standing still and we see this as an opportunity to climb even higher as we aspire to give every child the very best start in their school education.”