Glowing report for North Norfolk private school

A north Norfolk independent school is looking forward to the 'next phase' of its development after getting a glowing report from inspectors.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate gave Beeston Hall School a host of 'good' and 'excellent' ratings after a five-day visit at the end of 2010.

The report praised the 'rich educational experience' it provided and highlighted the pupils' 'obvious enthusiasm and enjoyment of their learning'.

Beeston Hall School at West Runton, near Sheringham, is a day and boarding school with 139 pupils, which is led by headmaster Rob Gainher and caters for youngsters from seven to 13.

The school was established in 1948 in a large Regency house, to which has been added a range of purpose-built facilities.

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Inspectors said: 'Pupils progress well in their learning and achieve good and often high standards. This is because of the rich educational experience provided and the effective teaching that engages the interest of competent learners.

'Excellent pastoral care is a significant element of the school's ethos which, together with good welfare arrangements and effective procedures for the pupils' health and safety, supports the all-round achievement well.'

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They added: 'The strong sense of family and community, underpinned by warm supportive relationships and mutual respect, is central to the pupils' positive attitudes.' The report highlighted the need for the school to 'encourage all pupils to think critically and become more independent in their learning', and to 'establish uniformity of assessment across all subjects'.

Mr Gainher said: 'We are delighted with the inspection report findings. It rightly highlights several areas of excellence and, most importantly, found the children to be wonderful ambassadors for the school.

'Exciting times lie ahead for us as we enter the next phase of development in Beeston Hall's history. I strongly believe that every child is gifted and talented and it is up to us as parents and teachers to provide the environment where they are able to flourish.'

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