BUCKHOLME TOWERS - OFSTED INSPECTION FINDINGS

Since our Ofsted Inspection in May 2017, Ruth Darvill (who was appointed as Head of School in August 2017) has taken on board and addressed the areas that required improvement.  

Take a look at our School's OFSTED Action Plan here where you will see the steps that have been taken and our ongoing plans.

An Independent Schools' Inspector herself, Ruth has affiliated the School with the Independent Schools' Association (ISA) and as such we anticipate that we may receive a new inspection as early as the next academic year 2018/2019.  Pending this inspection, the School Board has requested a pre-inspection in the Michaelmas Term 2018 to confirm Buckholme Towers remains fully compliant and to identify if there are further areas where improvements can be made to achieve Ruth's aim: to take the School's inspection status back to Good, and then to obtain an Outstanding inspection accreditation in the future.

Some of the positive findings of our May 2017 OFSTED Report are highlighted below.

"The relationships between staff and children are strong.  As a result, children settle quickly, learn to work and play harmoniously together, and enjoy their time in school."
"Behaviour is good.  Staff act as positive role models and continuously demonstrate high expectations of children's behaviour.  Consequently, children in the Early Years provision learn quickly what they can and cannot do.  This provides a strong foundation as they move into Year 1."
"Pupils are fully aware of the different forms of bullying and told inspectors that they were 'adamant' there was no bullying in the school.  They are confident that any 'squabbles' are quickly sorted out by staff.  Inspectors viewed a wide range of evidence to show that bullying is exceedingly rare."
"In lessons pupils are courteous and polite.  They demonstrate high levels of respect towards adults and each other.  This behaviour is reflected at playtimes and lunchtimes when pupils play happily together and enjoy socialising with their friends."
"Pupils spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is a strength of the school.  Pupils demonstrate a good understanding of people from different countries, cultures and beliefs.  They are respectful and understand that while everyone is different, all should be treated individually.  This was exemplified during the Inspection when pupils told the inspectors that they are encouraged to 'treat others as we want to be treated'."

To view our most recent OFSTED report please click here