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Ofsted Reports On 'Outstanding' Framlingham College & Brandeston Hall
Published: Tuesday 15 March, 2011 at 14:30 GMT
Framlingham College and its preparatory school, Brandeston Hall, have both been classed as ‘Outstanding’ - the highest possible outcome - as a result of a recent statutory Ofsted Inspection carried out under the Care Standards Act of 2000. The inspections focused on the schools’ boarding provision and the overall quality of its pastoral care for students.
The classification of ‘outstanding’ is not given lightly, and Framlingham’s Headmaster, Paul Taylor, was delighted: ‘to follow both schools’ hugely successful whole-school inspection reports of last year, we are thrilled to have another objective affirmation of the standard of boarding and pastoral provision both at the College and at Brandeston’.
Inspectors found that a ‘key strength of the College is its Personal, Social and Health Education programme, which is delivered imaginatively’, through a variety of means. In addition they reported that, ‘the systems in place to promote the safety and welfare of boarders are outstanding and of paramount importance to the College’. They were very impressed with both the quality and the depth of provision in the extra-curricular life at both schools, commenting on the ‘exciting and diverse range of opportunities to increase confidence and stimulate personal development’, while the quality of the catering at both schools was highly praised. At Brandeston, the report recognised the school’s ‘outstanding service that continues to be developed to ensure the needs of all boarders are met’.
Inspectors spent three full days and two evenings at the College, and a further two days and one evening at Brandeston, and they were particularly impressed with the ‘positive, respectful relationships between staff and students’. They added that, ‘the values and ethos of the school are clearly set out for parents and boarders and are underpinned by well written staff policies and procedures that enhance professional staff practice. The College is continually reviewing and developing its practice to ensure outstanding outcomes for all.’
In conclusion, the inspection report stated that ‘much of the current success of the College is due to the inspirational leadership of the Headmaster’ (Paul Taylor, who joined the College in 2009), commenting upon his openness, support and readiness to facilitate change. Mr Taylor himself commented that ‘the report reflected the very hard work that has gone on in the boarding and pastoral life of both schools over the past few years, and all involved can be very proud that our schools can carry the official Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ badge’.
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