East Sussex County Council's lead member for schools Cllr Nick Bennett meets children from Holy Cross School, head teacher Mrs Cathy Dart and Mrs Beverley Blanch.

Holy Cross, Uckfield, is a “good church school”

Holy Cross Primary School in Uckfield has been recognised as a “good church school” in a recent statutory inspection of Anglican and Methodist schools.

The June inspection report from the diocese also highlighted that the school through its distinctive Christian character is “outstanding at meeting the needs of all learners”.

Just as the school learned of its rating it was visited by East Sussex County Council’s lead member for schools Cllr Nick Bennett.

Inclusion and nurture programmes

He observed classes at work and took in the school’s thriving inclusion and nurture programmes.

The councillor who represents Alfriston, East Hoathly and Hellingly was seeking to better understand the challenges and opportunities in securing good schools with good outcomes.

Part of his remit is as lead member for schools in the county is to facilitate the improvements and standards across the county’s schools to ensure East Sussex children have the opportunity to attend a good school and make progress.

Challenges

Head teacher at Holy Cross, Mrs Cathy Dart, said: “I really appreciate Cllr Bennett taking the time to visit our school. I think he learned a lot about the challenges schools currently face.

“I am delighted the diocese has recognised that we are outstanding at meeting the educational needs of our students as well as our distinctive Christian character.

“As the only church school within the Uckfield Town Schools Alliance this is excellent news for us.”

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