Claremont is a non-selective, independent, co-educational day school with pupils aged one to sixteen years. The Prep School has been established on a magnificent, 100 acre site on the outskirts of St Leonards since 1925. It houses a thriving Nursery School with children from the age of one and a Preparatory School for children up to the age of 13. Only last year and for the first time in its history, it started a senior school in Bodiam, as a result of popular demand.
Both schools have been inspected by Ofsted this year and both schools were rated ‘OUSTANDING’ in every respect. The following is a list of extracts from the Ofsted report, written on both schools.
Evaluation of the school
- Claremont School provides an outstanding quality of education. Pupils make outstanding progress in their learning because of the very high quality of the curriculum and teaching. Their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding, reflecting very positive attitudes to learning and good behaviour. The overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage is outstanding because its leadership and management secure the best outcomes for all children. Robust safeguarding arrangements contribute to the outstanding provision for pupils’ welfare, health and safety.
Quality of education
- The curriculum is outstanding. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, it provides a good balance between adult-directed and child-initiated activities, both indoors and outdoors. Children enjoy a rich variety of stimulating learning experiences across the six areas of learning and develop very good communication and reading skills, which serves the needs of pupils who are at early stages of learning English very well. Children learn French from the age of four years, which enhances their language and cultural development. Reading skills are greatly enhanced by the use of an online programme aimed at assessing and accelerating each child’s progress and at fostering a love of reading.
- The creative curriculum is a great strength throughout the school, providing strong foundations for further study of art, drama and music. The excellent provision for physical education is extremely well served by extensive sports facilities.
- The curriculum is extremely well enriched by a wealth of extra-curricular activities. Teaching and assessment are outstanding throughout the school. They communicate enthusiasm that motivates pupils to learn. Teaching is underpinned by very high expectations and a thorough understanding of pupils’ prior attainment, needs and aptitudes.
- As a result of outstanding curriculum and outstanding teaching, most pupils make outstanding progress in relation to their varying starting points throughout the school. Pupils who have learning needs make good to outstanding progress. Those who have English as an additional language do equally well because of the outstanding support they receive.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
- Pupil’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding throughout the school. Their eagerness to learn and enjoyment of school life is reflected in their high levels of attendance and response in class. Their excellent moral development is reflected in good manners and a strong sense of responsibility for their own learning and towards their community.
Welfare, health and safety of pupils
- The provision for pupils’ welfare, health and safety is outstanding throughout the school. Safeguarding arrangements are robust and staff are trained in child protection at appropriate levels and intervals.
Premises and accommodation at the school
- The extensive grounds make an outstanding contribution to the pupils’ physical development and well-being. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, all-weather outdoor facilities greatly enhance outdoor learning.