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Bramley School achieves 100% ‘Excellent’ rating in Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection

PUBLISHED: 14:25 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:44 22 March 2016

Bramley School Headmistress, Paula Burgess with pupils

Bramley School Headmistress, Paula Burgess with pupils


‘The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent’

Walton-on-the-Hill, 17th March 2016 – Independent school for girls aged 3 to 11, Bramley, has secured the highest possible rating in its recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection. Reflecting the sustained focus placed by the school on the academic, moral, cultural and social development of the pupils, the inspectors who visited Bramley for four consecutive days in early February gave ‘excellent’ ratings across the board for every aspect of their inspection. ‘Excellent’ is the highest grade that can be achieved in an ISI inspection and was formerly known as ‘outstanding’.

Based on this inspection, Bramley is a very high achieving prep and pre-prep independent school and unique in East Surrey.

“It is hugely satisfying to know that the hard work of the teachers, staff, governors and parents involved in the school has been so well recognised by our ISI inspection”, said Paula Burgess, Headmistress, Bramley School for Girls. “We believe the report – which ranks every aspect of the school as ‘excellent’ - will give both current and prospective parents the confidence that their daughter will achieve an education that is second to none. Indeed, in the verbal feedback immediately before formal feedback to governors, the Inspector used that very phrase when talking about the school. We place equal importance on the academic, social, cultural and moral strengths of each girl in the school and this was recognised by the ISI inspectors.”

Reinforcing the importance of the inspection in giving parents clear guidance on the quality of Bramley, Chair of Governors, Mike Webb, added: “Having been immersed in every aspect of the Bramley ethos for four consecutive days, the Inspectors clearly understood the approach taken to ensure girls are developed to their full potential. In their verbal feedback to the school’s leadership team and the Board of Governors they said Bramley was ‘a fabulous school’ with ‘inspirational leadership’. These comments will give parents – existing and prospective - the confidence that the absolute best is being achieved in every aspect of the school.”

Key points highlighted by the ISI inspectors were:

• ‘Pupils of all abilities are highly successful in their learning and personal development and the school effectively meets its aims.’

• ‘Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) make substantial progress in all areas of learning, including their personal and physical development. Children in Reception can count confidently and accurately in twos, fives and tens.’

• ‘Pupils are confident and independent with particularly well developed skills in literacy and numeracy.’

• ‘They benefit from an excellent curriculum; its breadth and richness prepares them thoroughly for their senior school.’

• ‘The strong focus on sport and physical education (PE) makes good use of the school’s facilities and helps to keep children fit and healthy.’

• ‘Pupils show excellent attitudes to learning.’

• ‘Teaching is excellent overall. Teachers’ planning is meticulous and thoroughly takes into account pupils’ needs and interests.’

• ‘The pupils’ personal development is excellent’

The unanimous support of the parents was also acknowledged by the inspection: ‘Parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with the school as shown in the almost entirely positive responses to the pre-inspection questionnaire. They unanimously agree that their children are making good progress and that high standards of behaviour are achieved.’

“We have a particular passion to ensure girls are empowered and become confident individuals, able to meet the diverse challenges they will face in the years ahead”, continued Paula Burgess. “We pride ourselves on finding and nurturing the talents of every single girl and ensure they reach their personal and academic potential so that they can become great change makers of the future. And this certainly came to the fore during the inspection.”

Offering a bespoke education for every girl, the small class sizes and subject specialist teachers allow Bramley to differentiate teaching and learning, whilst identifying opportunities for girls to follow their passions alongside their academic studies. Bramley School prepares girls for the senior school of their choice – achieving 100% success in girls going to their first choice, including grammar, independent single-sex and co-ed and state schools, both large and small. Plus many girls are awarded scholarships including Academic, Sports and the Arts.

View the full ISI Report.

The new Bramley School video, which provides insight into the philosophy that underpins the school’s approach to the development of the pupils can be viewed here.

Bramley School, Walton-on-the-Hill, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7ST

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