Top rating again for outstanding school

Sarah Whelan, head teacher of St George's Preparatory School EMN-160226-165002001
Sarah Whelan, head teacher of St George's Preparatory School EMN-160226-165002001

St George’s Preparatory School in Boston is celebrating after receiving its second consecutive Ofsted “outstanding” rating.

Inspectors visited the school in mid January and concluded that pupils “excel in many areas and are well prepared for life in modern Britain”.

Headteacher Sarah Whelan said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive Ofsted’s top rating for the second time. Since opening five years ago, we have gone from strength to strength, but the core values always have been and always will be, that the child is at the centre of everything we do.

“We work closely with our families to develop the whole child – academically, emotionally, physically and socially.

“We do not produce ‘boffins’ but pride ourselves on well rounded children who are confident and capable of taking on life’s challenges.”

The Ofsted report stated: “Pupils receive a well-rounded education and success is measured not only in academic achievement but in social success and success in the arts and sports as well.”

The school was assessed on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, outcomes for pupils, personal development, behaviour and welfare, the effectiveness of leadership and management and early years provision. St George’s was judged to be outstanding on every level.

Inspectors praised the school for creating a positive environment with well-mannered and self-disciplined children. Children are recognised not only for their academic endeavours, but also for achieving highly in the sports and arts.

Teaching and learning was found to be of the highest quality, with most children achieving standards beyond their chronological age, and those with special educational needs making rapid progress due to early identification of their needs and a programme of intervention.

Ofsted observed that pupils “are confident and self-assured learners” and “know that they are valued and known as individuals”.