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Downham Preparatory School rated ‘good’ in all areas by Ofsted

Pupils and teachers have been left delighted after they received an impressive rating following an Ofsted inspection.

Downham Preparatory School was visited between November 14-16, with inspectors attending a variety of lessons, speaking to pupils, and receiving feedback from parents and staff.

The school was judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas. The inspectors said: “Pupils thrive in the school’s happy environment. Pupils and parents cherish how the school values the unique qualities of each pupil.

Downham Preparatory School was rated 'Good' in all areas by Ofsted
Downham Preparatory School was rated 'Good' in all areas by Ofsted

“Those who arrive with negative prior experiences re-engage with learning.”

Ofsted inspectors found that staff know their pupils well and plan for them appropriately on an individual level, including those with special needs or disabilities.

Teachers also regularly check what pupils know and understand.

“The curriculum is well designed and delivered,” inspectors added.

“The school has high expectations of what children in reception and older pupils can learn. In lessons, pupils study the curriculum with interest and diligence.

“They fluently discuss and write about the sophisticated topics within the school’s broad curriculum.

“Valuing others’ differences is at the heart of the school’s work. Pupils are knowledgeable about the different lifestyles and beliefs in contemporary society.

“Leaders and the proprietor body have built positive relations with parents, pupils, staff and the local community.”

Elizabeth Laffeaty-Sharpe, principal at the Downham school, said she is delighted that Ofsted understood its ethos.

“Each child is an individual; all have different needs,” she said.

“It is our job to ensure that children who achieve above the expected standard are given challenging extension work that meets their needs, and those with SEND receive the appropriate help to enable them to access all areas of the curriculum.”

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