New school celebrates ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report

St George's Prep School, Boston, new starters with headteacher Sarah Whelan, celebrating an outstanding Ofsted.
St George's Prep School, Boston, new starters with headteacher Sarah Whelan, celebrating an outstanding Ofsted.

DESPITE only having been open for just a year, a Boston independent school has succeeded in achieving an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

St George’s Preparatory School, in London Road, has been given top marks by the education watchdog following a recent inspection.

The school is a small, family-run establishment where values of courtesy, consideration and respect are encouraged alongside its creative, exciting and challenging activities.

It is run by Sarah and Mark Whelan, who say it was their dream to open a creative and challenging school for 0-11-year-olds.

“The report highlights the high levels of self confidence amongst our pupils,” said Mr Whelan.

“Our approach is a brave and new one, combining the nurturing power of the natural environment with active learning techniques. Ofsted have recognised the phenomenal success of our pupils, because they are at the heart of everything we do.”

St George’s School is located in a woodland environment and children spend time outdoors and take part in ‘Forest School’ sessions, in which they learn to build fires, climb trees, make shelters, play in mud, whittle sticks and cook over the campfire when they are capable. But they don’t miss out on the latest technology with all classrooms having internet access, PCs and an interactive whiteboard.

Ofsted inspectors said pupils ‘delight in every moment at school and make excellent progress’, noting the ‘excellent teaching and thorough assessment’. They said: “Provision for pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, as is behaviour.

“Pupils become confident, articulate, well-rounded young people while they are at the school.

The report pointed to the school’s ‘extremely well-planned curriculum’ and small-sized classes.

Staff were also praised for efforts to safeguard children, and for the ‘individualisation’ of lessons, with tasks closely matched to each pupil.