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Ofsted March 2024

Emmanuel Holcombe is a 'Good' School.

Personal Development is 'Outstanding.'


We are delighted with our most recent Ofsted report, which includes the following comments:

  • Pupils flourish at this school.

  • The school helps pupils to develop the confidence and resilience that they need to embrace new challenges.

  • The school ensures that all pupils benefit from the impressive ‘Holcombe Offer’. The high-quality activities that pupils experience help them to secure and deepen their learning.

  • Since the previous inspection, the school has clarified what it expects pupils to know.

  • Teachers address pupils’ misconceptions or gaps that they have in their knowledge quickly and well.

  • The impact of improvements to the design and delivery of the school’s curriculum on pupils’ achievement is tangible.

  • Pupils’ achievement in reading is a strength of the school. The school has fully embedded the ambitious and well organised reading curriculum that was very new at the time of the last inspection.

  • Staff deliver the school’s phonics programme to a consistently high standard.

  • The school is adept at identifying the additional needs of pupils with SEND. This enables teachers to provide effective and timely support for pupils when they need it. Pupils with SEND achieve well as a result.

  • Lesson time is rarely disturbed because pupils are well motivated and they focus intently on their learning.

  • The school places a high priority on pupils’ personal development. The carefully thought-out activities prepare pupils extremely well for later life…the support that they receive from the school in this aspect is exceptional.

  • Relationships between the school, staff and pupils are strong.

  • Governors are well informed about the work of the school and they provide effective support and challenge.

SIAMS Report

The Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) is the Church of England and Methodist Church’s outworking of the requirements of section 48 of the Education Act 2005. It is a key element of the life of all Church of England and Methodist schools in England. 


SIAMS inspection explores the question, “How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish?”

See our most recent SIAMs inspection report below:

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