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Monday, 10 May 2010
Bolton School's Early Years Foundation Stage (0-5 years old) has been described as "outstanding" in all aspects of its provision after a visit by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. It is highly unusual for a school to be found to be outstanding in all categories - the quality of provision, the progress in learning, the setting and the leadership and management.
The report, covering Bolton School Nursery, Beech House (Infant School) and Kidzone, the out of school club, found: "Highly effective teaching nurtures lively independent minds, personal confidence and respect for others" in "an outstanding setting" where the welfare of the children is of extreme importance.
Children were found to "learn and develop exceptionally well through stimulating play and valuable first-hand experience," resulting in "outstanding progress." There was also praise for how well the school meets the needs of individual children, provides tailored programmes of learning and monitors progress. Behaviour was judged to be "exemplary "and the report noted that there were excellent links with parents.
The leadership team was described as outstanding and Mrs Gill Richards, Bolton School's Headmistress, said: "We are delighted with the report. In all my years in education I have not come across such a glowing report, where all categories are judged as outstanding. A child's formative years provide the foundation upon which their life is built and we have always worked hard to ensure that we provide the very best start in life."
The report found that since the last inspection more spacious accommodation had been provided for Reception children in the purpose built Infant School (Beech House) and excellent, varied resources are provided.
Head of Beech House, Hilary Crawforth, commented "We are particularly delighted that the inspectors recognised the joy and enthusiasm our children experience each day as they play and learn. Our staff work hard to provide excellent care and education and the report is a tribute to their dedication and expertise."
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