Independent school celebrates excellent report following inspection

Ian Daniel with pupils at Rushmoor School, Bedford.
Ian Daniel with pupils at Rushmoor School, Bedford.
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Pupils, staff and parents are celebrating at Rushmoor School in Bedford following an excellent inspection.

A report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) just published reveal the school, run as a charity, meets its aims and is praised across the board.

Principal Ian Daniel said: “I am very pleased with the results of the inspection, with the majority of areas judged as excellent. Our pupils behaved impeccably throughout the inspection and the positive comments parents provided to the inspectors are greatly appreciated by the governors and staff.”

The inspection found that the school meets its aims successfully. The pupils are well educated in accordance with the school’s aims to develop pupils’ intellectual, physical and creative skills across a broad and balanced curriculum.

Throughout the school, including the Early Years Foundation Stage, the pupils’ personal development is excellent and the contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is also excellent.

All areas of the school leadership and management are excellent and the quality of governance is excellent, says the report.

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent and pupils clearly feel safe and cared for by staff and peers.

The school maintains excellent relationships with parents who are extremely happy with the school’s provision for their children, says the report.

The overall quality of teaching is good; much teaching is excellent and supports the school’s aims to provide a vibrant, supportive and challenging learning environment with traditional values.

Pupils with special educational needs make rapid progress and achieve well as a result of the school’s extremely effective support.

Mr Daniel added: “Rushmoor School has grown beyond expectations over the past four years due to the loyalty of the parents and their strong faith in the education the school provides to their children. “Our pupils are the greatest advertisement and word of mouth recommendations has certainly played a large part in the school’s success.

“We have many plans for further developments in order to ensure that our pupils receive the best possible education. We are particularly keen to build on the strong relationship with St Andrew’s School, which was forged in September 2013 when I became principal of St Andrew’s.

“Each school offers a unique learning environment and each has excellent reputations in Bedfordshire. Both schools were inspected during 2013 and both received good or excellent ratings throughout. I am extremely proud to be associated with both schools.”

Rushmoor is an independent school and a charity set up by parents and operating solely for the benefit of pupils. All of the resources go back into improving and enhancing the school and keeping fees affordable.

The school takes in pupils in the age range of 3-16 for boys and 3-11 for girls and is non-selective.

Rushmoor School moved from London to Bedford in 1918 and is celebrating its 95th anniversary of educating children of Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas.