Inspectors judge The Perse to be ‘exceptional’
11 Mar 2016
Pupils at The Perse School ‘make extremely rapid progress’ and are ‘confident, self-aware and articulate’, according to independent school inspectors, who rated children’s achievement here as ‘exceptional’.
A team of inspectors spent almost a week at The Perse in February. For the second inspection in a row the School has achieved a clean sweep of the highest possible scores on each aspect of the education it provides, from its ‘stimulating teaching’ to its support for pupils and its range of extra-curricular and leadership opportunities.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report covered all three Perse schools: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper.
Commenting on the report, Head Ed Elliott said “I am delighted to see the enthusiasm, commitment and achievements of our pupils and staff recognised in this independent report. It is testament to the excellent calibre of teaching and learning that runs right through the school, from age three to eighteen.
“When it was last inspected in 2010 The Perse was in the process of becoming fully co-educational and has grown to welcome an extra 400 pupils. Six years later, I am pleased that inspectors found the school to be thriving in all respects. With new performing arts, sports and science facilities to open in the next couple of years, we are excited for the future.”
The School was assessed on the quality of pupil achievement and learning, teaching, pupils’ personal development, and governance, leadership and management. We secured the highest ‘excellent’ grade in all categories, and an ‘exceptional’ judgement for pupil achievement.
Inspectors found that ‘pupils demonstrate high levels of creativity and freedom of expression’ and ‘a willingness to ask penetrating questions’ and that teaching is ‘stimulating’ and encourages pupils ‘to think for themselves’. The report states that ‘pupils are courteous and friendly’ and that they leave school with ‘an excellent standard of self-knowledge and self-esteem’.
Inspectors made one recommendation for improvement, regarding the use of the merits and demerits that are used to encourage positive behaviours at the Upper. Staff and pupils are already reviewing this.
Offering his congratulations to the student, parent and staff community, Ed Elliott thanked them for their hard work and support.