Inspection Reports

Government inspections and regular lesson observations ensure high standards are always maintained and result in consistent praise for the teaching and pastoral care, having consistently received outstanding inspection reports.

Headmaster. Mike Crossley:

“The  School is delighted to have received such glowing inspection reports on both its Early Years and school as a whole. To be graded as ‘Excellent’ is very rewarding and a wonderful reflection on all the staff, pupils, parents and governors.”  

Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall’s national NACE Challenge Award, FSA Recognised Forest School Provider Award, Platinum Schools Games Mark, Healthy Schools Award and Good Diabetes Care in School Award all demonstrate the importance the School places on emotional health and well being. Please follow the link to read more about these awards.

This is one of five outstanding inspections that have taken place at the Taverham Hall site over the past 7 years. The Independent Inspectorate Team, who visited the School in November 2016 for an Educational Quality inspection, reported on the quality of the School’s work.

The inspection focused on the following two key outcomes which both received the highest accolade of ‘Excellent’:

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements, and

The quality of the pupils’ personal development.

Headmaster, Mike Crossley:
“This inspection is a fantastic accolade for the School which is now operating under the new name of Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall. To achieve the highest grading of ‘Excellent’ in both categories is extremely pleasing and demonstrates the continued provision of the outstanding level of education we offer 2 to 13 year old boys and girls. The welfare of all our pupils is our top priority and this praise from ISI endorses the work and care that goes into ensuring that children are able to grow and thrive in a safe, happy environment. This is an exceptionally rewarding report and we are immensely proud of our pupils and staff’s achievements.”

Extracts from the inspection report:

“The reasons they (pupils) cite for their high levels of attainment include: the interesting, practical based lessons; the encouragement provided by staff to ‘have-a-go’ and the extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities which are available to them.”

“In lessons and activities pupils are highly engaged, they enjoy working with others and are aware that team work can enhance their skills. They are supported in their development of these skills through well resourced, imaginative teaching.”

“Pupils’ Academic Attainment is excellent in relation to age-related expectations and pupils’ attitudes towards their learning are excellent.”

“Pupils much enjoy the opportunities they are given to make decisions, such as in the course of their studies and in developing personal skills. Their understanding of the importance of the decisions they make, as determinants of their own success and well-being is developing.”

“Pupils’ success in academic, sport, performing and other arts is a real strength of the school. Pupils benefit from the inclusive approach which enables each individual to achieve their personal best, including those who are especially talented.”

“Pupils’ artistic skills are highly developed as a result of the school’s guidance that enables them to discover and explore their talents.”

“The positive and encouraging culture successfully emphasises the importance of exercise and being outdoors. This leads to an exceptional level of achievement in sport.”

“Pupils’ competence in numeracy is of a high standard, drawn from the strong use of practical problem-solving methods and its application across the curriculum.”

“Pupils from the EYFS onwards are highly articulate for their age and apply strong communication and numeracy skills to other areas of learning, both indoors and outdoors. They have learned to write well through many areas of the curriculum and through enrichment activities.”

“Pupils have made particular strong progress in their reading as a result of the strength of the assessment methods used and the support of senior leadership. This has enabled the introduction of a literacy programme and vertical grouping which commences in the EYFS. These skills are further enhanced by the depth of the languages programme in the school.”

“Pupils develop a strong sense of respect for those within their society and the wider community, partly because the school leadership ensures that planning for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is central to all activities within the curriculum.”

Please follow the link to view the educational quality inspection report..

ISI also undertook a Focused Compliance Inspection for schools with residential provision which reports on the school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards including the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Boarding Schools. The inspection team confirmed that Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall (we cater for day pupils as well as weekly and flexi boarding pupils) is fully compliant and meets all the 8 standards in the schedule to the Education (ISI) Regulations 2014, and the NMS for Boarding Schools 2015.

The 8 standards comprise: Quality of Education provided; Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development of pupils; Welfare, Health and Safety of pupils; Suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors; Premises of and accommodation at schools; Provision of information; Manner in which complaints are handled; Quality of leadership in and management of schools.

Please follow the link to view the focused compliance inspection report.

In June 2014 ISI inspected the school’s EYFS which was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas:

  • How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend.
  • The contribution of the early years provision to children’s well being.
  • The leadership and management of the early years provision.
  • The overall quality of the early years provision.

Extracts from the inspection report:

“The EYFS has continued to provide the high standards reported in the previous inspection.”

“The School is highly successful in achieving the aim of providing a happy, secure and safe environment.”

“The children’s personal and social development is excellent. They enjoy their learning.”

“The consideration given to each child’s needs ensure that every child can explore and learn imaginative.”

“Children achieve extremely well, with most attaining or exceeding the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception.”

“Staff provide excellent role models for caring and considerate behaviour and give confidence to both children and parents.”

All staff understand the children extremely well so that they thrive in a very happy and secure environment.”

“Exceptionally strong partnerships with parents and consultations with outside agencies ensure that the children’s needs are fully met.”

“Parents responses to questionnaires and discussion show them to be overwhelmingly supportive of the school. They are particularly confident that their children are well looked after and offered an appropriate range of subjects.”

Please follow the link to view the inspection report.

To view details of the School’s NACE Challenge award, Gold Sports Games Mark, Healthy Schools award, Good Diabetes Care in School award, Forest School and other awards: click here.