School service is at the top of the class

Whalton First School has got a good church inspection report and seen at the school are staff and pupils celebrating their success.
Whalton First School has got a good church inspection report and seen at the school are staff and pupils celebrating their success.

A VILLAGE school is celebrating after getting top marks from inspectors.

Whalton First School has been rated ‘outstanding’ in a report by the Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools.

The assessment focuses on the religious aspects of church schools, looking at how well they meet the needs of learners through their distinctive Christian character, the impact of collective worship, the effectiveness of religious education and the quality of leadership and management.

In all four areas Whalton came up to the mark.

The report states: “This is an outstanding church school. It is also a happy, high-achieving school.

“Its innovative curriculum has a powerful impact on pupils’ lives, enabling them to be the best they can be.

“Children reported that lessons are challenging, but always fun. Inspirational, energetic teaching keeps learning interesting and fun. High levels of engagement, good listening and speaking skills, and use of pupils’ interests and prior knowledge leads to high-quality work.

“At Whalton, the whole-hearted commitment of every member of the staff team and governors motivates a constant drive for excellence.

“Adults are passionate about learning. This translates into their skillful development and delivery of an outstanding curriculum.”

It was the first church inspection at the school since 2006.