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Independent Schools Inspectorate Gives St Margaret's Excellent Report

Published Thursday 20th of October 2011 01:57:36 PM

'Pupils' achievement is outstanding across a wide range of activities' according to the interim inspection report of St Margaret's Preparatory School in Calne, recently carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The report acknowledged that 'attainment is judged to be high in relation to age-related expectations' noting also that 'pupils are successful in gaining places at the senior schools of their choice, including the award of scholarships.' The report also remarked on how 'the pupils' successes are due, in large measure, to the strong teaching, their positive attitudes, and the excellent relationships' and that 'meticulous attention is paid to detail with nothing left to chance.'

The report recognised that 'pupils' progress is supported by an excellent and wide-ranging curriculum' and that 'the well-structured programme of personal, social and health education benefits their personal development.' When referring to teachers, the inspectors commented that 'teachers' planning is detailed' and that 'teaching stimulates the pupils' interest and takes place in an atmosphere of mutual respect.'

Outside of the classroom, the ISI remarked on how St Margaret's children excel, with pupils' recently winning a national Lego robotics and research competition, where they went on to represent the UK in the European championships.
The Early Years Foundation Stage was also inspected and the report concluded that 'the overall effectiveness and quality of the provision is outstanding.' Additionally it stated that 'excellent teaching stimulates the children, promoting confidence and an eagerness to learn, and ensures that the needs of each child are met extremely well.'

Karen Cordon, Headmistress of St Margaret's, remarked 'I am very pleased with the outcome of the report - results for both the main school and the Early Years inspection reflect the commitment of everyone involved in providing the best possible experience and education for our children. In addition, what becomes very apparent from reading the report is the excellent relationship between the children and their teachers, as well as the mutual respect that permeates throughout school. All these aspects of the children's education are of paramount importance if they are to maximize their potential.'
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