Church inspectors praise ‘outstanding’ Broadhembury school in glowing report

PUBLISHED: 17:30 25 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 29 May 2018

Broadhembury Primary School Headteacher Katie Gray with members of the Ethos team William,Sophia and Sam. Ref mhh 20 18TI 3343.

Broadhembury Primary School Headteacher Katie Gray with members of the Ethos team William,Sophia and Sam. Ref mhh 20 18TI 3343.


An East Devon primary school where pupils make good progress and achieve well in an inclusive environment has been rated outstanding by independent inspectors.

Broadhembury Church of England Primary School was judged outstanding by inspectors from the Diocese of Exeter following an inspection visit last month.

Church of England inspector Daphne Spitzer said that the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Broadhembury are outstanding and so is its ability to meet the needs of all learners.

The effectiveness of the leadership and management is outstanding as is the impact of collective worship on the school community.

In her three-page report, which has just been published, she concludes: “The school creates a safe, secure and inclusive environment in which all children are cherished and grow in confidence and self-esteem.”

Children’s achievement and attendance are good.

“Standards and progress for children are good.

“The school meets the needs of all children exceptionally well.

“Relationships at all levels and particularly between children are outstanding.

“Staff form a very caring and supportive team. Equal value (is) placed on every single person, whether parent, staff member, governor or child.”

Broadhembury is linked with two other East Devon Church of England primaries in the Jubilee Federation under executive headteacher, Katie Gray.

She said: “It is lovely to know that the ethos and values which the school community promotes on a daily basis have been recognised in this way.

“I would like to thank the staff team, parents, governors and our local community for all the hard work that goes into ensuring that the Christian values, particularly our core value of love, underpin all that we do in school.

“It is pleasing to know that the efforts we have made in developing the children’s spirituality have been noted in the report and that the inspector recognised how the school is continually making links between its Christian ethos and curriculum areas.”

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