Maiden Erlegh School has been judged to be an “Outstanding School” in a newly published OfSTED report following an inspection in June 2007 by a team of Inspectors led by a member of HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools).
Inspectors judged Maiden Erlegh to be “an outstanding school where pupils attain excellence both in terms of their academic achievement and their personal development”, where “teaching and learning are outstanding”, where “the school’s quality of care, guidance and support is outstanding” and where “leadership and management is outstanding”.
The inspection team judged Maiden Erlegh to be outstanding in all four sections of the report: Achievement and Standards; Personal Development and Well Being; Quality of Provision and Leadership and Management.
The teaching staff are commended in the report for “the outstanding quality of the teaching” and “their exceptionally high subject knowledge and expertise”. The Headteacher and the School’s Leadership Team are also judged to be outstanding and are “providing inspirational leadership for the school.”
The report praised the “excellent behaviour of the pupils” and said “pupil enjoyment of the school is reflected in their engagement in both lessons and other activities” and “pupils enthusiastically involve themselves in the life of the school and make an outstanding contribution to the wider community”.
Headteacher, Dr Peter Thomas commented:
“I am very pleased with these findings which are a real source of encouragement to the school community. It is most reassuring that outside experts have been able to comment so favourably on our school. The minor area identified for the school to focus on – to monitor the impact of curriculum development – is already in hand. I am most grateful to the senior team and Governing Body whose outstanding contribution is greatly endorsed by the Report, and, of course, to all the staff, the parents and the students. It is their hard work and commitment which has led to this very happy outcome.
We are all immensely proud of the ‘outstanding’ judgment as it provides independent verification of the excellence of our work.”
Chairman of Governors, Huw Jones added: “I am delighted to receive this report which confirms my view that Maiden Erlegh is an excellent school. In particular, it is good to see that the Inspectors have been so impressed with both our academic success and by the fact that it is a caring and supportive community”.
Cllr Frank Browne, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said:
“This is one of the best Ofsted reports that we have received in the Wokingham borough and it is a real credit to the hard work and dedication of the whole school community. It is very clear from the report that the inspectors were very impressed with how the school is run and that the pupils really enjoy going to school and work very hard. There is real commitment from everyone to do well and the school continues to achieve exceptionally high standards. “I would like to extend my congratulations to everyone involved at Maiden Erlegh School and I know that they will continue to build on this success in the future.”