What great news we have to share about our lovely school!
Thank you to everyone for their part in creating such a special place to work and learn – this really is the result of a team effort. Special thanks to Penny Boshoff who alerted us to the kite mark and who guided the evaluation process so efficiently. How we miss Penny at St John’s!
National SMSC Quality Mark Verification Report
Dear Mrs Quirk,
I am delighted to inform you that as a result of the recent verification visit, St John’s CE Primary has been awarded silver level of the National SMSC Quality Mark, and this has been confirmed by the Quality Assurance Panel.
I would like to offer particular thanks to Amelia, Eloise and Joaquim for escorting me around their school and describing the displays so well. I would also like to give a big thank you to the 10 pupils I met with to talk about the different ways the school contributes to their SMSC development and the many ways in which they are supported. All pupils spoke with such maturity, confidence and honesty. When asked to describe their school in one word, they were very thoughtful and insightful, and responded with the following words: Happy, excited, fun, fantastic, brilliant, musical, gives great opportunities, good lessons like Design and Technology and friendly. The children showed a great understanding of democracy and described how so many activities are chosen through a democratic process. They were keen to tell me about different social action projects and initiatives that they have been part of through the school – especially the Drastic Plastic bird creation. They listened thoughtfully to each other and often expanded on each other’s ideas or supported the younger children if they struggled to answer a question. They were buzzing, happy and ready to converse with me, which is a real credit to the school. It was also lovely to see how aware the children were of the power of their voice and the different projects that had been carried out in the school by the School Council.
I would also like to thank the parents who took the time to meet with me. It was lovely to see how happy they are with the school. They were also asked to describe St John’s in one word and responded saying: Family, happy and embracing. They agreed how the children, ‘Can’t wait to go to school!’. One parent went on to describe how St John’s, ‘Supports their children in embracing different people, situations and events, by ensuring things are discussed and viewed with an open mindset.’ Another parent commented on the ‘lovely family vibe’ and that, ‘The school is a warm and welcoming place with happy people.’ All parents agreed that they feel listened to and have a variety of opportunities to voice their thoughts and ideas. This was also visible in the most recent parent newsletter and in the introduction of the online forum ‘Lean Coffee Table’.
I congratulate St John’s CE Primary on the silver standard of SMSC development that is afforded their pupils. Young Citizens will be discussing with the school which aspects of your provision can be shared with other schools.
Strengths of the school’s SMSC development:
Through your self-evaluation and our discussions it is evident that there are numerous SMSC related strengths at St John’s; the following are a few key examples
- The family vibe that is felt in the school. This is something that no paper trail or policy can create, but just something that oozes naturally from the school. It was lovely to hear how many past pupils continue to return to the school to catch up with and/or support their former teachers.
- The importance given to pupil voice and the value which is demonstrated and felt by the pupils.
- How much you welcome and value parental involvement.
- The effort made to take every opportunity to inspire your pupils with opportunities to play their part in society from child driven competitions to school events – both inside and outside curriculum time.
- SMSC is regarded highly within the school. Not only is this demonstrated through the application of the Quality Mark, but also through the dedication of the staff to ensure that SMSC is embedded into everything you aim to do.
- Areas for development:
- Consider making links with other schools nationally and/or globally to strengthen students’ cultural awareness and development.
- Consider adapting the current teaching of Fundamental British values to encourage the teaching and learning of more ‘Universal values for citizens living in Britain’.
- NASWUT and Equaltiteach Responding holistically to the requirement to promote Fundamental British Values
- Consider using some of the fantastic board space to share and celebrate the rich cultural diversity already in your school and reflect the diversity of society.
- Make use of the already strong Spanish foundation to bring the language to life for your pupils before they set off for Seville.
- Consider ways to ensure that the wonderful experiences that St John’s provides its children and their families are celebrated shared more widely.Please note that his award is recognised for 3 years and that re-verification should be sought by October 2022. However, we would welcome an application for the gold award within 18months.
- Verifier: Victoria Quijada Chair of QA Panel Yvonne Richards