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SSSJ Praised by Ofsted for

Resilience Following Devastating Fire

We are thrilled to share some incredible news with you all. Despite facing one of the toughest challenges imaginable – a devastating fire that left our beloved SS Simon and Jude’s CE School (SSSJ) in ruins – they have emerged stronger and more determined than ever before.

At Vantage Trust, we saw our entire community come together, with our dedicated staff ensuring our students received an excellent education despite adversity. Everyone pulled together to ensure limited disruption to learning in our high-quality temporary Learning Village.

We’re proud to share that SSSJ received glowing praise from Ofsted for their resilience and commitment to nurturing our students’ learning. Despite challenges, our pupils are happy, cared for, and thriving in their studies.

Ofsted inspectors commended the school and the trust, for swiftly developing the temporary site to minimize the impact of the fire on pupils’ education. They highlighted that pupils have not allowed the changes to their learning environment to affect their behaviour or adherence to classroom routines.

The school received a rating of ‘good‘ in all areas assessed by Ofsted. Inspectors observed that pupils feel well cared for, have positive relationships with each other, and demonstrate impressive attitudes towards their learning.

Furthermore, Ofsted found that the school has high expectations for all pupils, with children making positive progress in their learning, often from low starting points. Pupils demonstrated exceptional levels of conduct during lessons and throughout the school day, showing a love for learning and attentiveness in their lessons.

Katie Jones, Principal of SS Simon and Jude’s CE School, expressed her gratitude for the recognition from Ofsted, emphasising the dedication of the staff in providing an excellent education every day.

Jill Albertina, CEO of Vantage Academy Trust, congratulated the SS Simon and Jude’s CE School community on their achievements, praising their hard work and resilience in the face of adversity.