Pupils, staff and parents at one of the West Midlands top independent schools are celebrating today after their school received a very positive inspection report.
Inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate found that The Downs Malvern Preparatory School meets its aim of “providing a first class education in a secure, caring and disciplined environment. It seeks to enable all pupils to fulfil their unique potential academically, creatively, physically, socially and spiritually”.
The four Independent Schools’ and Ofsted Inspectors judged the “quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements to be excellent” and that all pupils “make excellent progress from their starting points because of the impact leadership has on pupils’ achievement”. Inspectors determined that “pupils’ progress with knowledge and understanding is excellent” and that they are “highly effective in assimilating and applying significant levels of knowledge and understanding through study skills”.
“pupils’ progress with knowledge and understanding is excellent.”
As well as inspecting the academic side of The Downs Malvern, the inspectors reported on the children’s “excellent personal development” and felt that “as they progress through the school, pupils demonstrate a high level of maturity and a strong sense of pride in both the school and boarding communities. They feel safe and happy and the pupils’ behaviour is excellent throughout the school. The pupils demonstrate high levels of self- confidence and self-awareness and have a clear understanding of right and wrong”.
Alastair Cook, Head of The Downs Malvern, said: “We are all delighted that the hard work of pupils, parents, teachers, governors and the wider school community has been acknowledged in this glowing Independent Schools Inspectorate Report on our school. Particularly pleasing in these challenging times when there is a great deal of news and discussion about young people’s mental health and well-being, we are so pleased that the Inspectors found that our pupils here at The Downs Malvern benefit significantly from opportunities to develop resilience and self-reliance, finding new levels of determination and motivation and that they relish opportunities to work together, particularly in sports teams, drama productions and music ensembles”.
He added: “Amidst our celebrations, we are mindful of the need to build upon this success and our School Development Plan will help us to continue to thrive and become even stronger in the future.”
Alastair S Cook
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