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Advisory Board members put Heywood Prep through their paces


Last week, Heywood Prep was visited by two of the Wishford Schools group’s educational experts. One of the benefits for us of being part of the group is having access to their experience and oversight. Much of the support they give happens behind the scenes, but your children may well have met the team who were visiting to undertake a detailed review of regulatory compliance, as part of the group’s programme of school development and governance.

Jenny Burrett, the group’s Director of Strategy and Education and a school Inspector, and Penny Horsman (pictured), a member of the Advisory Board and a former Reporting Inspector, spent two full days observing lessons, activities, breaks and lunch, and talking both formally and informally to members of staff and pupils. They also examined the school’s documentation and records in detail.

Their review of policy and practice found that:

“The school is fulfilling its regulatory obligations. Staff act in pupils’ best interests and know the children very well, resulting in relationships and friendships that flourish. Pupils reported feeling safe and looked after, and staff know how to respond to concerns to make sure this continues. Pastoral care is excellent and any issues are quickly resolved.

Compliance checks on the quality of education provided by the school confirm that the school achieves far more than the minimum standards. Nonetheless, opportunities have been identified to differentiate for pupils even more in terms of both their individual academic and pastoral needs and there is certainly a will to do this. A focus on evidencing and recording the pupils’ already rich spiritual, moral, social and cultural development will also be food for thought. 

Welfare, health and safety, including safeguarding have been examined closely and standards not only meet current requirements, but reflect best practice. Provision of information to parents and the procedure for dealing with complaints is appropriate and correct.”

Concluding the review, Jenny Burrett added, “We had a lovely couple of days at the school. The children clearly love being here and the wide range of opportunities enables them to flourish.”