School History

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    Originally admitting children between 5 and 11 years, the school has been a first school since 1973, admitting children aged 4 to 7. Speen School is a Voluntary Aided Infant School and maintains strong links with the combined parish of Lacey Green, Loosley Row and Speen and with the Parish Church of St John’s. At age 7+ children from the Speen catchment area fall into the catchment for St John’s CE (VA) Combined School.

    The School was most recently rated ‘Good’ after an OFSTED inspection in May 2015. The latest report is available through the link in the top bar.

    Quotations are taken from independent reports produced by inspectors from either OFSTED in 2015 or the Oxford Diocese (SIAS) in 2014.

    “The behaviour and safety of pupils are outstanding. Pupils come to school eager to learn. They participate very well in the wide range of activities provided.”

    “The school’s work to keep pupils safe and secure is outstanding. Rigorous and robust attention is paid to safeguarding matters. The headteacher and staff take every possible measure to ensure that all pupils are well cared for, safe and protected. “

    “Records of incidents, discussions with pupils and parents’ responses indicate that there is no bullying in the school. Pupils demonstrate a very clear understanding of bullying and the different forms it can take, including persistent name-calling and cyber bullying.”

    “An experienced and established headteacher conveys ambition and high expectations for the school. The headteacher and staff work well together to ensure that pupils are well taught and that interesting activities are provided so that they can achieve well.”

    “Considerable attention is given to the care and safety of pupils. Safeguarding in the school is highly effective and meets requirements. Pupils are safe at school and well looked after. Leaders and staff establish strong relationships with pupils and ensure that they are very well behaved.”

    “ The school provides a broad and interesting range of subjects which promote good achievement for pupils and contribute to their outstanding personal development.”

    “The Early Years provision is well led and managed by an enthusiastic leader where a wide range of exciting indoor and outdoor learning activities are planned and provided.”

    ‘There is much support for its Christian character from parents, parishioners, governors and staff and pupils are thus nurtured within a loving, caring atmosphere where clear Christian values are at the heart of all that is asked of them.’

    ‘The focus is on each child as an individual in this welcoming and worshipping Christian community which develops positive attitudes amongst its young pupils, who become confident, independent learners and achieve well.’

    ‘The importance of prayer in the life of this church school which nurtures pupils’ spiritual development.’

    ‘Flourishing partnerships between church, school and village communities, are valued by everyone, whether or not they belong to the local Christian community.’

    Mission Statement

    Speen Church of England Voluntary Aided School exists in the community to provide all round excellence in education, developing and nurturing the intellectual, artistic, social, spiritual and physical resources of each child in a Christian context, enabling all pupils to achieve their full potential in a caring environment.

    Recognising its historic foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church of England and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan level.