Head praised for her commitment

PUBLISHED: 16:04 01 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:04 01 July 2013

Bishop Nick McKinell welcomes new Awliscombe headteacher Nicki Smith to the school during a special service at the church. Pictured with the bishop and Mrs Smith is Rev Jane Lankester, Isabel, Owen, Sophie and Guy. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhv 4449-25-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Bishop Nick McKinell welcomes new Awliscombe headteacher Nicki Smith to the school during a special service at the church. Pictured with the bishop and Mrs Smith is Rev Jane Lankester, Isabel, Owen, Sophie and Guy. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref mhv 4449-25-13AW. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Awliscombe C of E Primary School receives an “outstanding” rating from inspectors.

Awliscombe C of E Primary School has been recognised for its “inspirational” leadership and was rated outstanding by church inspectors.

The report praised new headteacher Nicky Smith’s Christian vision and said her “unswerving commitment to this vision are the driving force at the heart of the school’s success and ongoing improvement as a church school”.

Mrs Smith, who took over the role last September was officially welcomed at a special commissioning service held at the parish church last Tuesday, which was led by the Bishop of Crediton, Nick McKinell

Mrs Smith said: “It is the whole community that makes Awliscombe such a special school. I am very proud of the staff and pupils’ achievements and am delighted that these were recognised in the report.”

Following the National Society inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools inspectors said: “Awliscombe Church of England Primary School is a welcoming, happy Christian community. Christian values are recognised, celebrated and established in daily life.

“These values have a strong impact on the children’s very good attendance and good academic achievement.

“The school creates a special, caring Christian environment in which all children are cherished and highly valued in line with the core Christian belief that each one is created in the image of God.”

They praised the school’s religious education teaching and the children’s spiritual and personal development, and the close links with the parish church.

The inspector was also impressed by pupils’ own commitment to the school community.

In its Ofsted inspection, it was rated as a good school where children achieve “consistently above average levels of attainment”.

Bishop McKinell added: “Nicky has made an outstanding contribution to the life of Awliscombe, and its wonderful this has been recognised by the recent inspections.

The school recently opened a new nursery on site, Cygnets, to cater for pre-school children.


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