‘Outstanding’ Ofsted hat-trick for school

Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years.
Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years.

Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years is in no mood to let standards slip after collecting its third “Outstanding” Oftsed report in a row.

The village school, with about 80 pupils aged between three and 11, impressed government education inspectors in all areas such as leadership and management, quality of teaching, achievement, behaviour and the safety of its pupils.

In a report published last week, inspectors highlighted the ‘outstanding progress’ made by the school’s brightest pupils, the ‘broad and innovative curriculum’ set by senior staff and parents’ ‘high satisfaction’ with the education provided to 
their children.

Owner and principal Sheila Page said: “I am absolutely delighted with our third ‘Outstanding in all Areas’ Ofsted report, extremely proud of our children and most grateful to my wonderful staff.

“The inspectors were thorough in their findings throughout the two-day inspection last month. They observed the children in lessons and spoke to them.

“I feel most privileged to have a hard-working, talented and experienced teaching team, along with supportive parents and children who are keen to learn.”

In their report on Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years, Ofsted inspectors said: “The leaders of the school are totally committed to achieving an outstanding standard of education for all groups of pupils and they have been successful in meeting this aim.

“The achievements of the pupils are outstanding, the most able pupils make outstanding progress and their needs are met very effectively.

“Pupils benefit from a broad and innovative curriculum which develops high standards of numeracy and literacy, while providing opportunities for pupils to learn.”