‘A full team effort and a great achievement’ is how the Headmaster of a top Derbyshire independent school described the outstanding feedback received from inspectors following its latest Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection.
The key findings of the inspection, which took place over three days in February, concluded that Ockbrook School’s pupils’ academic and other achievements are good and the quality of their personal development is excellent.
Tom Brooksby, Headmaster, expressed his gratitude to the school community: “This excellent report is the culmination of the hard work and commitment of our pupils and staff over the last few years. It rightly recognises our many achievements and sets us on an exciting course into the future.
“Inspectors highlighted our pupils’ strong academic results, their well-developed skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT and their strong work ethic. They went on to acknowledge pupils’ ‘excellent levels of self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-reliance’ and their ‘excellent awareness of the wider social context in which they live’.”
The School’s Trustees and Governors were equally delighted. Amanda Redgate is the Chair of Governors: “It is heartening and gratifying to read how accurately the report captures the crucial essence of Ockbrook School; a fine achievement.”
Helen Springall, Deputy Head, added: “It is very pleasing to read judgements such as ‘standards in extra-curricular activities are high and participation rates are excellent; pupils have excellent capacity for making decisions and their excellent behaviour is a reflection of efficient and sensitive pastoral care’. Our pastoral system is at the centre of all we do at Ockbrook and it has been recognised as first rate.”
Tom Brooksby concludes: “This glowing report is nothing less than Ockbrook School deserves, but we are not complacent here and we are already planning new strategies that will improve our wonderful school further still. Ockbrook has a proud history and a tradition of success dating back over two hundred years but, right now, we have our sights set firmly on our bright future.”
ISI is an independent, government-approved body which provides objective inspections to safeguard the quality and effectiveness of the education, care and welfare of children in independent schools in England.
Founded in 1799, Ockbrook School is a leading independent school located between Derby and Nottingham in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, providing excellent education for boys and girls aged 3 to 18, as well as weekly and full boarding for Year 5 children (9 years) through to Sixth Form.
For further information, visit: www.ockbrooksch.co.uk.