Bedford Modern School is judged as ‘excellent’ by independent school inspectors

Michael Hall, headmaster at Bedford Modern School.
Michael Hall, headmaster at Bedford Modern School.
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Bedford Modern School has been rated as ‘excellent’ in all areas by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The report, which was released on Thursday following the inspection n November last year, said that “the pupils’ approach to their studies, exemplary classroom behaviour and high quality, committed teaching are reflected in good, and often rapid, progress and substantial academic achievement at all levels.”

The inspection assesses three main areas, the first of which covers the quality of academic and other achievements including extra-curricular provision and the contribution of teaching.

The other areas were the quality of the pupils’ personal development covering spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and arrangements for welfare, health and safety, and the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management including links with parents, carers and guardians.

The inspectors praised the caring and supportive example set by staff which is mirrored in the way pupils behave towards one another.

The report describes Bedford Modern School as “a lively and purposeful place” and goes on to say that the pupils are very proud of it and feel a strong sense of belonging.

The report also commends the very good relations staff have with parents who expressed great satisfaction with the education that their children are receiving and the way in which the school is being run.

Michael Hall, headmaster, said: “I am thrilled with the outcomes of the inspection. I am most grateful to the students for their wholehearted co-operation during the inspection week. I am also indebted to the staff - such a positive outcome is testimony to their continued hard work and commitment.”

Ian McEwen, chairman of Governors, added: “This is very well deserved. Bedford Modern School continues to go from strength to strength in both the provision of a broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum suitable for all ages, abilities and needs and in the range and quality of the co-curricular activities it offers. Schools simply don’t get any better than this.”

All recommendations from the previous inspection report in 2007 have been met and the school is fully compliant with regulatory requirements.

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