For a copy of our latest Nursery Ofsted Inspection please download here.
In our most recent inpections Sherborne Prep received a grading of outstanding from Ofsted. In November 2010 the Independent Schools Inspectorate visited for three days to deliver their judgement on how the School is performing in relation to their aims. The inspection focused mainly on compliance - records, registers, Health & Safety and staff appointments.
The inspectors commented on the success of the School. 'An excellent study skills programme for the older pupils operates weekly and provides guidance on how to study and prepare for examinations'. 'The pupils benefit at an early age from the experience of learning a modern foreign language for one year. These include French, German, Spanish or Mandarin. This enables them to make informed choices at a later stage'.
The report goes on to praise the outstanding support received for the School from parents and on how wonderful the children are. 'Pupils are competent and motivated learners who display enthusiasm and sustained concentration...their behaviour in lessons is exemplary'. The inspectors commented that 'The personal development of the pupils is outstanding. Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent. Pupils are confident, considerate and responsible and relate well to others. They show high levels of self-esteem and were pleased to talk about their individual and group achievements...older pupils set a good example to younger ones'.
The report endorses the findings of our last full school inspection in 2006. It also highlighted the fact that the School was judged as 100% compliant in its regulatory requirements - fewer than one third of schools inspected are deemed to be so.
Our Early Years department received a full inspection, which was described as outstanding by the inspectors, who commented that children are taught in 'a happy, safe, structured and caring environment, in which children develop a love of learning. The setting recognises the uniqueness of every child, supporting individual needs extremely well, enabling children to make excellent progress in learning and development. This is supported by the highly effective working relationships with parents and carers'.
Headmaster, Peter Tait, is delighted with the findings and we are proud that the achievements of the School have been recognised and enhanced by the two inspections in 2010.
Download a copy of the inspection report (opens new window). The next full ISI inspection is due in 2013.
We were delighted with our last outstanding boarding inspection carried out in January 2010. Please download a copy of the report here Ofsted Outstanding
follow this link to the Sherborne Prep listing on the Good Schools Guide website
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Thank goodness that the Prep, with all its foibles and idiosyncracies remains an island of calm and good sense in an uncertain world - or so we like to believe...