Catholic boarding school rated excellent by inspectors

FARLEIGH School received an overall evaluation of excellent from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) following an assessment.

All aspects of the school were classified as ‘excellent’, the highest level attainable.

Tim Syder, chair of governors at the school, said: “The ISI findings conclude a wonderful Diamond Jubilee year for the school and I would like to thank the headmaster, Father Simon Everson, the senior management team and all of the staff for their commitment to the school and for helping Farleigh achieve such outstanding recognition.

To have been awarded the highest grade in every category does not come lightly and is worthy recognition of the enormous amount of work that has gone into the development of the school over the past five years.”

The main findings of the inspection concluded: “Pupils’ attainment is judged to be excellent in relation to national age-related expectations.

They make rapid progress in relation to pupils of similar ability.

“The pupils’ attitude to their work and learning are exemplary.

“The broad curriculum is excellent and complemented effectively by the rich provision of extra-curricular activities.

“The quality of teaching is excellent and contributes highly to the pupils’ achievement. Teachers are enthusiastic and supportive and lessons take place in an atmosphere where pupils seek to do their best, reflecting the school’s explicit ethos. Teaching is well planned to ensure that the pupils’ interests are captured and it moves at a brisk pace.

“Support for pupils with SEND, those with EAL and those who are gifted and talented is excellent.”

It continues: “The pupils’ personal development is excellent.

“The school’s Catholic ethos is reflected across all aspects of the school community, including the EYFS and boarding.

“Boarders report that they are well looked after and welcome the access to a range of appropriate adults to discuss their personal issues.

“Pupils develop into mature and thoughtful individuals, ready for the next stage of their education.

“They benefit greatly from the excellent quality of the pastoral care, which is complemented by excellent systems for welfare, health and safety.”

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