Ofsted, SIAMS & Results

Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)

Overall Effectiveness: Good
Inspection Date: 27 and 28 June 2023

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was completed on 27th and 28th June 2023 and we are delighted to be able to share with you the ‘good’ outcome and final published Ofsted report.

Please do take time to read the report in full as we believe it absolutely captures the essence of the school and what we are striving to achieve for your children. The report draws attention to the many strengths of our school including high expectations for learning and behaviour, the ambitious curriculum, the love of reading across the school, the high levels of respect and the inclusive culture.

We are so proud of all our children and really pleased that particular attention is drawn in the report to the fact that Pupil’s behaviour is good. ‘Pupils forge respectful relationships. Pupils know what it means to be a good friend. They interact with kindness, playing games well with each other at break times. All pupils feel welcome and lessons are typically disruption free. There is a calm environment in and around school’.

We are praised for our ‘ambitious curriculum which begins in early years’. It is noted that ‘leaders have focused on developing a love of reading across the school. There are regular opportunities to read for pleasure. There is a wealth of engaging and diverse books in the library’.

The report notes that ‘pupils are well prepared for life in modern Britain. They learn about how to respect those who are different from themselves.’ Safeguarding is at the heart of the school and the report says that ‘leaders have developed a culture in which everyone understands that safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Pupils know that adults can help them if they have any worries. All pupils receive the support they need to access school life.’

The Governors and leadership team are delighted that the report accurately reflects our school.

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

Inspection Date: 3rd October 2019
Inspection Outcome: Good

Every church school has to have a Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools (SIAMS). Our latest visit was 3rd October 2019 and we were extremely pleased to retain our ‘Good’ outcome. The report describes how well our school operates as a church school; the depth and strength of our ethos being the standout feature of this.

The report talks about our school as a one with a ‘stimulating environment where pupils can grow’; ‘a place of reconciliation and support where no-one feels unfairly dealt with or ignored’ and a ‘centre for change’.

It recognises the passion of Senior leaders and staff for ensuring the success and well-being of pupils at our school and recognises that ‘staff, pupils and parents feel valued; one parent said, “This is a real community, it doesn’t matter who you are you are welcomed and included”.

Click on the link to view the full copy of our SIAMS report.


Results and Performance Tables

Please click on the link to view Dunmow St Mary’s results from previous years and the government performance tables.