Excellent rating for Rotherham prep school

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Excellent teaching was found at a Rotherham school where pupils are learning successfully, inspectors said.

Rudston Preparatory School, Broom Road, Herringthorpe, was visited by members of the Independent Schools Inspectorate, who found high academic standards.

There was a caring environment which created a learning community with a focus on the children’s best interests.

The school was judged as ‘excellent’ in six key areas including teaching, the quality of pupils’ achievements and learning, its curriculum, extra-curricular activities and leadership and management.

The inspectors – who do not award an overall grade like Ofsted – also rated as excellent the school’s pastoral care and pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Guy Willatt, headteacher, said: “The school’s aims include creating a caring environment where pupils can achieve, as well as a learning community where the best interests of children are at the centre of everything it does.

“To be told we are meeting those goals by the ISI is wonderful and welcome news indeed, not to mention very encouraging and rewarding for Rudston’s teaching staff and board of trustees.”

Rudston is a co-educational day school for girls and boys aged between two and 11 and which currently has 140 pupils on its roll.

Inspectors noted exemplary pupil behaviour in lessons, and an ‘excellent curriculum which prepares them thoroughly for their senior schools’.

Pupils’ and parents’ responses to the pre-inspection questionnaire were also overwhelmingly positive.

The inspection team also judged the school’s governing body to be ‘good’, and praised the overall quality of provision for children aged under six.