Despite the considerable changes that have been brought into place by the OFSTED inspectorate, The Vineyard School has once again been awarded outstanding in all categories of the inspection.

Indeed, the report highlights how the school has continued to improve following their previous inspection. The areas which are scrutinised by a team of three inspectors are: the academic achievement and progress of all pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of pupils and the school’s leadership and management. All four were deemed outstanding.

This outcome followed a rigorous inspection of all aspects of school life including lesson observations, meetings with children chosen at random, a detailed examination of school data and documentation, collation of parental opinions and an inspection of school books. The report commented upon the consistently high standards throughout school and noted that pupils reach the highest academic levels with children leaving the school with a love of learning whilst being over a year ahead of other schools in their attainment; thus, they are extremely well equipped for secondary school.

Teachers’ commitment, subject knowledge and skills throughout the entire school were praised whilst the Head, Judy Pearse, and her leadership team were referred to as ‘inspirational’. The Inspectorate also noted the wide and varied curriculum provided for the children through the teaching of music, the arts, sport and the many visits organised by the staff.  In addition, that pupils are encouraged to be responsible for their environment and are actively involved in fund raising activities for various charities, such as a partner school in South Africa, was mentioned.

Daphne Mather, Chair of Governors, commented that: “Although we are aware of the exceptional educational provision that The Vineyard provides, it was extremely gratifying to have our opinions ratified by the OFSTED inspectorate. We are all extremely proud.”

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