To achieve an Inspection judgement of ‘Excellent’ each area has to meet very strict criteria. In St Margaret’s very complimentary report the judgement is made several times. Below is a summary.
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‘Pupils are well educated in line with the school’s aim to encourage excellence’ and are ‘conspicuously successful’ in its ‘excellent programme of extra-curricular activities’.
The curriculum ‘amply fulfils the school’s aim to provide a challenging and inspiring education’, with ‘an excellent PCCE programme’ and with teaching that ‘at its best blends excellent planning, of stimulating tasks that excite and extend pupils’.
‘Teachers give freely of their time to help pupils’ and ‘Excellent personal development of the pupils is a significant strength . . . pupils show excellent social development and strong self-confidence . . . older pupils act as excellent role models for younger ones’.
The inspection’s analysis of exam results for the last three years confirms that St Margaret’s results ‘reach the (national) level for maintained selective schools’, a tremendous achievement. Each individual makes ‘particularly good progress relative to pupils of similar ability’ – St Margaret’s value-added is extremely high.
The report judges that ‘arrangements for pastoral care are excellent and they support and significantly enhance the pupils’ whole school experience, development and progress.’
Governance, leadership and management ‘have many appropriate strengths’ and St Margaret’s maintains ‘excellent links with parents’.
The Headmistress, Mrs Sheila Cooper, explained that “St Margaret’s has always felt that its pupils achieve extraordinary amounts and leave very well prepared for life beyond the school gates. The transformation during their years at St Margaret’s is always clear at Prize-Giving.”
“We were thrilled with such a glowing report. The Inspection team recognised all the many strengths of the school – in its pupils and its staff. Especially exciting for us was the recognition of the strength of our community, after only opening the EYFS two years ago.”
On the regulatory side, the school quickly finished attending to the given recommendations. When the Inspection took place, it had not quite completed an administrative reorganisation. Attention to these details has now been taken place.