We are delighted that across the School the hard work of pupils, staff, parents and the wider school community was acknowledged in their glowing report.
The school is highly successful in promoting its core values and fulfilling its stated mission and purpose. Pupils throughout the school are very well educated in line with the school's ambitious aims to develop confident, resilient and collaborative learners.
ISI report 2014
You can download the full report here, or read the highlights below:
Achievements and Learning - "Excellent"
The inspection team was impressed with the level of our pupils' knowledge and the success of their achievements.
"Throughout all stages, from the EYFS to the sixth form, pupils develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make the most of their talents and the opportunities available to them…"
"Educational provision and outcomes for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) are excellent."
From the youngest, who showed their eagerness to learn, to the eldest who displayed their mature approach to reasoning and analysis, the inspectors commended our pupils' excellent attitude to learning.
"[Pupils] display exemplary attitudes to their studies and activities and show strong learning skills and excellent collaboration with other learners."
Curricular and Extra–curricular Provision - "Excellent"
The inspectors commended the academic curriculum, describing it as "a broad and coherent education for pupils of all ages", one that, "fully supports the learning principles and philosophy of the school, and the high level of pupils' achievements."
"The very high standards achieved by pupils are enhanced by the excellent curricular and extra–curricular provision and by an innovative approach to enhance the pupils' use of digital technology."
Inspectors were impressed with the wide range of sporting, creative and performance activities, as well as the recreational activities and clubs offered across the School. Pupils told inspectors that they rate the quality and range of the programme very highly.
Teaching - "Excellent"
The inspectors praised our teachers for making "an excellent contribution to the high quality achievements enjoyed by pupils throughout the school."
In recognising that Claires Court is in many ways a large school but one which always prides itself in knowing its pupils, the inspectors commented:
"Small teaching groups and the teachers' strong understanding of the needs of individual pupils enhance their progress and learning."
Pastoral Care - "Excellent"
The inspectors commended the pastoral care, recognising that throughout the School it is a major factor in the high levels of pupils' success.
"The quality of relationships between staff and pupils, and amongst the pupils themselves, is excellent."
They also said, "Pupils appreciate the cultural and social diversity of the school and firm friendships are established between pupils of different ages."
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of the Pupils - "Excellent"
Our pupils take pride in their School and understand the qualities of our essential core values — responsibility, respect, loyalty and integrity — and they work hard to uphold them. The inspectors stated:
"Pupils of all ages display excellent personal development…"
"They are supportive of each other, very mature for their age, and develop exceptionally strong and supportive relationships with each other and with their teachers."
"…the atmosphere throughout the school is one of friendliness and caring."
Governance - "Excellent"
Leadership and Management - "Good" & "excellent" in many aspects
Throughout the whole School, the inspectors found:
The overwhelming majority of our parents said, "they would recommend the school to others" and that they feel "very welcome within the school, and are confident that their children are well known and cared for by staff."
Welfare, Health and Safety - "Excellent"
Finally, a big "Thank you"
Our School could not have achieved this "excellent" report without the help of its pupils - the children who are the School's heart - and ultimately their parents.
Achieving our aims of instilling responsibility, respect, loyalty and integrity takes commitment, not only from our staff and stakeholders but all of those connected with the School.
As Principals, we are extremely proud of the School's progress since the last ISI Report in 2008 and we are most grateful to everyone who contributes to our success and continued development.
Thank you all for your continued support and involvement.
Hugh and James Wilding