Comments from the school's Ofsted inspection in October 2022
'This school continues to be good.'
'Pupils run into school with smiles on their faces at the start of the day. They are happy and they feel safe in school. Pupils, including those in the early years, care about each other and make friends easily.'
'Leaders and staff are determined that all pupils and children will succeed, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Relationships between staff and pupils are respectful. Pupils show consideration for each other.'
'During lessons, pupils try hard to live up to their teachers’ high expectations for both their behaviour and for what they can achieve academically. Pupils enjoy their learning and achieve well.'
'Leaders have made reading a high priority. They ensure that pupils have plenty of highquality books to read, both in the school library and in classroom reading areas. Pupils enjoy listening to the stories that staff read to them. They also like to read on their own for pleasure.'
'Leaders ensure that pupils learn about important values such as democracy and tolerance. They have created a culture where pupils learn about other faiths and communities. Pupils enjoy applying for leadership roles in the school. For example, they learn to take on responsibilities when they become librarians or members of the school committee. All of these experiences help to support pupils’ wider development.'
Comments from the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) in May 2017:
'The distinctiveness and effectiveness of Tilston as a Church of England school are outstanding.'
‘The strong Christian leadership of the headteacher and his commitment to the development of the school ensures that church school distinctiveness and the Christian ethos are central in the continuous striving for further improvement.’
‘The school creates a loving, secure and inclusive environment rooted in Christian values. This has a direct influence on pupils’ well-being, confidence and positive attitudes to learning.’
‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development is rooted in the school’s Christian ethos and commitment to Christian values. As a result, pupils become increasingly self-assured and articulate.’
‘Parents speak of the support and welcome they receive from all members of the staff team and stress that relationships are extremely positive.’
‘Tilston is truly a Church of England school at the heart of its community.’