Students, parents and teachers are celebrating after inspectors rated their school to be ‘outstanding’.
Buckingham College Preparatory School, in Rayners Lane, Pinner, which teaches boys aged between two and eleven and girls aged two to four, was assessed by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in June, and the report produced by inspectors this week gave a glowing account of life at the school.
After observing lessons and carrying out informal discussions with children and senior members of staff, inspectors noted:
- The overall quality and standards of provision are outstanding.
- Children are happy in the setting and enjoy their learning, making substantial progress from a wide range of starting points. As a result, they are well prepared for the next stages of their learning.
- Their developing creative skills can be seen in their ability to use percussion instruments, confidently responding to beats and varying speeds of the music.
- The outcomes for children in Reception are above national expectations, particularly in literacy and mathematics; children showed excellent knowledge and used extensive vocabulary during a phonics session.
- At all stages, those with particular needs are identified and extra support is given.
- The children’s personal and emotional development is outstanding and they make friends readily, relating extremely well to their peers and to adults as they develop tolerance and respect for each other.
- All staff undergo suitable safeguarding checks and receive regular training in child protection, first aid and food hygiene procedures.
Headteacher Loraine Cavanagh said: “I am delighted that the overall excellence of our early years provision at Buckingham Preparatory School has been recognised, particularly the comments which demonstrate our absolute commitment to encourage enthusiasm, curiosity and the palpable joy of learning which is enhanced by our outstanding partnership between school, children and parents.
“This has given us encouragement to move confidently towards the future enabling us to grow and prosper in the knowledge that we are building on our already excellent practice.”
The school, which educates 123 pupils, was deemed to be ‘outstanding’ by the inspectorate which is responsible for judging independent schools in England that are members of organisations affiliated to the Independent Schools Council.
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