Samworth Church Academy has received the news that they have been found to be Good in all areas in their recent Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) report.

The report had high praise for the academy saying, ‘Staff go the extra mile on students’ behalf so all students feel a sense of self-worth.’

The inspectors say that the academy’s vision allows students to flourish and that, ‘Relationships at all levels are a strength of the academy, so that students relate to staff and their peers in a positive way’ and that, ‘The commitment of all staff to meeting students’ needs ensures the academy remains over-subscribed for year seven entry.’

The report praises the inclusive and supportive nature of the Academy saying, ‘No students indicate that bullying was a problem, and the school is recognised in its Ofsted report as being at the forefront of measures to curb homophobic, racist or sexist discrimination.’ The key Christian values of the school are credited with providing strong guidance for all saying a ‘high value is placed on forgiveness, vocation, respect, positivity and service.’

The report recognises that all students at the Academy are given opportunities to develop leadership skills stating that any student can be elected as school captains or join young leaders’ activities. The report also talks about the rare opportunity that Samworth Church Academy students have to take Christian leadership roles at international Round Square conferences for youth leaders, sharing their views and discussing solutions to global issues.

The inspectors were pleased to find that the Academy fostered an environment where, ‘Deep and challenging questions are tackled without hesitation, particularly in religious education (RE). Students are led to a mature understanding of differing views on a wide range of issues.’ The academy is also praised for guiding students to make good choices concerning relationships and conduct and for its Christian distinctiveness.

Principal Lisa McVeigh said that she was delighted with the report, “we are very pleased to have this external validation of the emphasis we place on our core Christian Values at the academy and the impact this has. We also welcome any feedback in how we can continuously improve as we help our student have the best start to the 70 or more great years they should enjoy after they leave us”.

Samworth Church Academy’s Chaplain is Alex Brompton who is credited in the report for providing the academy with growing links to the wider Christian community. He said “We are all about giving our students every opportunity to develop into all round great characters, this includes the often neglected spiritual aspects of life. This report is fantastic news for our Academy and for all of those who had input, but we are looking forward to moving onto to even bigger and better things”.

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