Merged Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall rated excellent in first inspection

Langley Preparatory School students celebrating a positive inspection. Picture: Langley Preparatory

Langley Preparatory School students celebrating a positive inspection. Picture: Langley Preparatory School - Credit: Archant

A newly-merged preparatory school has been told it is excellent across the board in its first inspection.

Mike Crossley, headmaster of Taverham Hall School

Mike Crossley, headmaster of Taverham Hall School - Credit: Archant

In September, Taverham Hall Preparatory School and Langley Preparatory School combined, forming the Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall.

After a visit in November, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has now rated it excellent - its highest rating - in its two key categories, quality of pupils' achievement and quality of their personal development.

The report praises the school's 'well resourced, imaginative teaching' and its effect on pupils.

'Pupils' attitudes towards their learning is excellent - in lessons and activities pupils are highly engaged, they enjoy working with others and are aware that teamwork can enhance their skills,' inspectors noted.

'Pupils are skilled in leading their own learning and showing initiative. For example, during break time, younger pupils worked together to move a pile of leaves in the playground to a safer place.'


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Inspectors said that children are able to 'distinguish right from wrong', understand and respect systems of rules and laws and accept responsibility for their own behaviour.

Mike Crossley, headmaster, said the outcome of the report was 'extremely pleasing'.

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'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,' he said.

'This is an exceptionally rewarding report and we are immensely proud of our pupils and staff's achievements.'

To improve, inspectors said teachers should 'raise the quality of all marking to reach the standard of the best', while pupils' use of computers should be increased.

When the news was announced, the schools said it was driven by a desire to become the 'best independent prep school in Norfolk'.

Some Taverham Hall School parents raised fears over the loss of its name and ethos.

Last summer, Langley Prep - which opened in 1858 - left its Yarmouth Road site in Norwich and relocated to the 100-acre grounds of Taverham Hall, which dates back to 1921.

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