Bishop Michael encourages community school for all round care and attainment
Oughton Primary School is a community school (i.e. not a church school) in Hitchin. The Revd Jane Mainwaring, a Team Vicar in Hitchin and Rural Dean of Hitchin Deanery, is the Chair of Governors.
The school recently welcomed Bishop Michael to the school. He made the visit to celebrate the school’s achievements in every aspect of school life, in its educational attainments as well as in the way governors, teachers and support staff together provide effective help to children in all aspects of their development.
Bishop Michael was particularly impressed by the school’s recent Ofsted, which judged the school good with outstanding features, because of the breadth of the school’s attainment across all the areas tested.
He said: “It is vitally important that all our schools take the well-being of pupils as seriously as their educational attainment. We know that mental health is increasingly identified as the primary issue for young people and Oughton Primary and Nursery is leading the way in showing that it’s never too early to lay down good habits to deal with the stresses of life. I have certainly enjoyed meeting the teachers and children here today who have been warmly welcoming. I wanted to come here today to share my joy at what the school has achieved and we’ve certainly had a lot of fun together.”
The school is encouraging mental well-being through development of resilience, a culture of talking about worries, providing ways for children to calm down such as school guinea pigs and rabbits, physical well-being through the gym equipment on playground and a holistic approach to education. These are the features of the school that have been recognised as outstanding.
Lisa Clayton, the Headteacher said,
“I am pleased that the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness has been identified as being developed extremely well by Ofsted through our broad curriculum. Oughton’s values are at the heart of all we do.”
Revd Jane Mainwaring, said,
“I am very proud to be associated with a school which places such a high emphasis on an all-round education for every child.”
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