Bournemouth School for Girls has won the highest praise from OFSTED inspectors following their last visit. Inspectors working under a new much tougher inspection framework rated the school 'outstanding' in all four categories in which judgments are made, leading to an overall verdict of 'outstanding'.
For a school to be judged 'outstanding ' teaching must now be of this standard. Inspectors commented that they had never seen so many 'outstanding' lessons on a school inspection visit.
Inspectors noted 'Students are motivated, inspired and enthused by an outstanding quality of teaching.'
'The students' behaviour is nothing short of exemplary. They are considerate, courteous and polite and, as a result, the school is calm and welcoming.'
The 'outstanding' sixth form is described as being characterised by high achievement, high recruitment and retention and by a set of highly articulate and determined young women.'
'Sixth form students, for example , act as tremendous mentors and role models for younger students.'
'Students are proud of their school and its work. They cherish the many and varied opportunities they have to take responsibility.
'Students commented that the school is happy and harmonious. A positive atmosphere permeates the school.'
Inspectors also comment on the 'clear and visionary leadership from the headteacher' and that 'there is an unstinting pursuit for excellence led by the headteacher and the governing body and supported by all staff.' Parents also agreed that the school is 'led and managed extraordinarily well.'
Alistair Brien, Headteacher since 2004, commented on the report:
'I am delighted that Inspectors have confirmed what I already knew – BSG is a very special place to be and I am delighted that inspectors were able to get a sense of this during their time with us. My sincere thanks go to staff, pupils, governors and parents who contributed to such a glowing report.'
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