Denominational Inspection Report Summary

A REPORT TO THE GOVERNING BODY
ON THE DENOMINATIONAL INSPECTION OF
BAXENDEN C.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL
CHURCH AVE
BAXENDEN BB5 2RQ

DfEE SCHOOL NUMBER : 888 3334

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS: Mrs G. Ratcliffe

HEADTEACHER: Mr J.R. Howard

DENOMINATIONAL INSPECTOR: Mrs F.M. Tillotson

DATES OF INSPECTION: 28th February to 3rd march 2000


This school has an excellent, strong and positive Christian ethos which is apparent in all aspects of school life.Staff and children and all members of the school community work hard and respect each other, the school is a very happy place to be in.

Staff know and care for the children very well, they have high expectations for them, the contribution of all members of the school community to the life and work of the school is highly valued.

The Mission Statement encompasses well the ideals of the school. Visitors are given a very warm welcome which very much reflects the Christian ethos of caring.



COMMENDATIONS
Baxenden C.E. School is a very caring one with a firm Christian Ethos.

The aims of the school’s Mission Statement are upheld, all members of the school are valued, treated as individuals and cared for in a Christian way.

Relationships within the school are excellent. The committed staff work hard for the benefit of the pupils who they know very well. There is a friendly atmosphere and the school is a happy place to be in.

The pupils are particularly polite and friendly, they are clearly proud of their school and very welcoming to visitors.

The quality of Collective Worship is very much a strength of the school, it is meaningful and spiritual and contributes well to the fine ethos of the school.

All R.E. lessons seen bore relevance to pupils’ lives, there was time for thoughtful discussion and opportunities to explore themes using different strategies. Pupils’ response to R.E. and Worship is very good.

The school enjoys close and positive connections with the Church and the involvement between the two is valued by both school and church communities.
KEY ISSUES FOR ACTION

The school should complete the R.E. Policy and consider the current additions to the Diocesan Syllabus.

The school should look at using I.T. to support R.E. lessons, the purchase of C.D.’s to enhance R.E. could be addressed.

The Governing Body should prepare an Additional Action Plan to cover the Section 23 Inspection following receipt of the Report.

Blackburn Diocese and The North Lancashire Methodist District