Banbury’s St Mary’s school sees improvements

Bishop Colin, (left) presents a Barnabas Bible to St Mary's CE School after a SIAMS inspection marks improvements. From left are Bishop Colin, Sarah Di Giorno, Co-ordinator for RE and Collective Worship, Headteacher Victoria Woods, the Revd Philip  Cochrane, the Vicar of St Mary's Church, Banbury and Anne Davey, Director of Education at the Diocese of Oxford. NNL-160709-153749001
Bishop Colin, (left) presents a Barnabas Bible to St Mary's CE School after a SIAMS inspection marks improvements. From left are Bishop Colin, Sarah Di Giorno, Co-ordinator for RE and Collective Worship, Headteacher Victoria Woods, the Revd Philip Cochrane, the Vicar of St Mary's Church, Banbury and Anne Davey, Director of Education at the Diocese of Oxford. NNL-160709-153749001

St Mary’s CoE Primary School in Banbury has been praised for displaying major improvements after experiencing a period of instability.

The 188-pupil school was inspected during the five yearly National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools which noted positive steps forward.

Victoria Woods, who has been head of the school for just a year, said: “I am thrilled the Inspector noted the excellent behaviour and attitudes of pupils as well as our hardworking and committed staff who have really embraced the changes we have introduced.”

The governing body was also praised for being ‘increasingly effective and proactive’.

Sarah Wallis, the acting chair of governors during the inspection, said: “It is great to have all the hard work put in by the whole school community recognised.

“There is a real sense of energy and renewed enthusiasm.”

Vicar of St Mary’s Church and current chair of governors, Revd Philip Cochrane said: “A new chapter in the story of St Mary’s has begun. Our aim is to provide the best learning experience possible for every child in the school.

“This report is welcome acknowledgement of the progress made so far, though the report also identified ways in which we can continue on our journey to get even better.”