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28th Nov, 2021

School 'thrilled' after scoring inspectors' highest possible rating

AN INDEPENDENT preparatory school in Rugby has has received the highest possible ratings in an inspection.

The Crescent School in Bilton was found to have ‘excellent’ pupil achievement and personal development by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) following an inspection in September.

Inspectors said pupils had ‘excellent and positive attitudes to learning’, were ‘highly curious, resilient learners’, and that their ‘excellent knowledge, skills and understanding are reflected in their achievements across the curriculum’.

The report also said children in the Early Years Foundation Stage ‘attain well above national age-related expectations’, older pupils ‘consistently exceed expectations for their age and abilities’, pupils were ‘consistently successful in entrance examinations to their first-choice school’, and that many pupils win scholarships for music, drama, art, sport and academic achievement.

Pupils’ personal development was also judged as ‘excellent’ with inspectors recognising that ‘behaviour is excellent’, that pupils ‘behave with empathy and care towards one another’ and that ‘the open and embedded culture of kindness underpinned by deep mutual respect ensures successful outcomes for all’.

The ISI Inspectors also noted that parental feedback ‘praised the school’s preparation of former pupils who had successfully and easily transitioned into their new senior school’.

Headmaster Joe Thackway said: “We are thrilled with the report, it is a real vote of confidence for everything we do and reflects a huge team effort. Every single member of staff shares the same care and devotion to the education and wellbeing of the wonderful children entrusted to our care and I believe this sentiment shines through every word of the report.

“Academic achievement and personal development are two key benchmarks for any successful school and being graded as excellent in both of these broad areas demonstrates the incredible talent, commitment and professionalism of our staff, the outstanding attitude and approach of our pupils and the support of our parents.”

The ISI is the Government-approved body responsible for the inspection of independent schools. Visit to read the full report.

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