Church and School

Church and School – 

After six years as Headteacher at Richard Taylor School and following two major inspections in the space of four days at the end of last term I thought that it was time for me to try my hand at writing a short piece for Focus.

Firstly for anyone not aware of the results of our inspections we were judged to be outstanding by the SIAS inspector and good with many outstanding features by the Ofsted team. You can read the full reports via our website but, I am sure like me you will be delighted to read two of the following quotes; one lifted from each of the inspection reports.

‘The school is a warm, stimulating and thoughtful place where pupils are totally trusted to take on responsibilities around the school and make an excellent contribution to their community.’

‘The relationship between the school and the church is outstanding. Clergy are regular visitors to the school and there is strong mutual support. Members of the parent prayer group observed that ‘children know they are loved by God’ and that the school has ‘a heart for the poor’.

Richard Taylor School is a place of learning, community and faith. It is a school that I am very proud to be associated even though my time with the school is small, 12 years altogether, when compared to the 228 years that the school has existed from its origins as ‘Bilton Endowed School’ established by Francis and Richard Taylor, to the current building which celebrates 40 years this year.

If you were part of our original 1973 intact or you are a past pupil or parent with a memory of the school that you would like to share, please get in touch.

Look out for further celebrations planned later in the year; everyone will be welcome to join us as we celebrate the last 40 years and look forward to the next 228 years.

Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the story of our school; long may the important relationship between church and school flourish.

Andrew Symonds


Richard Taylor School