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Inspection Report

In June 2015 we were visited by a team of five inspectors from ISI and they spent four days with us, observing lessons, talking to children and staff and ensuring the compliance of our documentation.

As you read the report you will see that there is much to celebrate. The quality of pupils’ personal development and the arrangements for pastoral care were found to be ‘Excellent’ and this is something that we are very proud of. The children are very happy at school and make strong progress as individuals whilst thriving in a supportive and purposeful environment. Pupils achieve well across a broad range of subjects and extra-curricular activities, they are confident speakers and good listeners, and they are well supported by enthusiastic teachers.

Hand-writing and presentation are good and pupils take pride in their work. They show enthusiasm for all that they do and shine in art, music, drama and sport. Pupils also have a very good attitude to work and are very keen to contribute in class, sharing ideas and talking animatedly about self-initiated work that they have completed at home. The inspectors noted the school’s strong focus on social interactions in developing individuals and commented on the ways in which this helps the children to grow in confidence. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is ‘Excellent’, and by the time they leave us they are thoroughly prepared for their move to senior school.

The report noted the work that has been completed since the previous report and highlighted the progression between Pre-Prep and Prep, particularly with regards to supporting the most able alongside children with SEND. Strong links with the local community, coupled with purposeful educational visits also add much to what is available to all children, and the extra-curricular offering is a strength of the school.

The relationship between teachers and pupils is one of mutual respect and the inspectors saw this in abundance during their four days with us. They noted that pupils are treated with tolerance and understanding at all times and highlighted the strong rapport that exists within our school.

The inspection team also made several recommendations for administrative improvements to some of our health and safety procedures and systems. In the three months since the inspectors’ visit, all of these recommendations have already been or are being, addressed.

The Head Master would be pleased to discuss the findings of the Inspection report with all current and prospective Blundell’s Prep parents and he may be contacted at prephm@blundells.org.

 

You can read the report in full here.