Staff and children at Prior Park Preparatory School are celebrating after the school achieved an A-Grade in its recent inspection.
The school, on Calcutt Street, Cricklade has attained its greatest ever inspection result, achieving top marks in seven areas of school life.
A recent visit from the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the body approved by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for the purpose of inspecting independent schools, saw PPPS placed in the “excellent” band for almost every category.
A total of five inspectors looked at nine different aspects of the school and awarded excellent in seven categories. The other two categories were awarded a ‘Good’ with the inspectors saying there were excellent aspects in both.
The Inspectors spent a week at the school in October, examining pupils’ work, observing lessons and conducting interviews with pupils and staff.
The School, a co-educational Catholic boarding and day school which has a total of 220 pupils aged 3 to 13, was deemed to be providing an excellent education in a number of areas including academic achievements, the quality of boarding, the quality of pastoral care, pupils’ personal development and the quality of the curriculum.
Ofsted, the official government department for inspecting school, also looked at their Early Years Foundation Stage department at the same time and awarded three outstandings and one good, an equally impressive result.
The glowing report said Prior Park was extremely successful in meeting its aims and that the pupils’ outstanding personal development was “strongly supported by the broad and interesting curriculum”.
It said the pupils’ creative skills were exceptionally high and that they showed a great enthusiasm for learning.
The staff were described as “caring, friendly and dedicated” and the report stated they “create a community in which the pupils flourish and grow up to be confident and responsible young people”.
The report also praised the school for its “excellent and well-informed governance” and said the school had a friendly, supportive atmosphere where children feel safe and happy. It paid note to the wide range of extra curricular activities such as fencing and archery organised by the School.
Headteacher Mark Pearce (pictured the Prior Park pupils steel band) said: “Everyone is delighted with the outcome of this inspection. It paid testament to the wonderful opportunities that are available to all of our pupils as they undertake their life journey at Prior Park.
“The published report affirms the high standards that we strive to achieve and I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff, children and their families for all their hard work, dedication and support.
“We are a school that allows our children to thrive, both academically and creatively, and I am thrilled that the report recognized our strength in providing a well-rounded education which both challenges and stimulates our pupils to achieve excellence in all endeavours.”
The report also highlighted how the high quality of teaching inspired children to achieve and said the school had excellent links with parents and the wider community.
The next Open Days will be held on Friday 9 March 2012 and Saturday 10 March 2012. However, tours of the School can be arranged at any time by contacting 01793 754415.