The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), equivalent to Ofsted in the state sector, inspected Boundary Oak School in the two areas the new inspection framework focuses on; the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements and pupils’ personal development.
The inspectors rewarded the majority of areas at the school with the highest possible grading of ‘Excellent’, with the most praised areas being the pupils’ attitude to learning, communication skills and all aspects of their personal development.
The inspection focused on educational quality and compliance and judged the School to be fully compliant with all statutory regulations and requirements.
Boundary Oak School, a day and boarding school based in Hampshire, educates 220 pupils between 2 and 16 years. Headmaster, James Polansky praised everyone for their hard work, support and drive for continuous improvement: “I am immensely proud of everyone who works so hard to make Boundary Oak School the excellent, exciting and inspiring place it is for our pupils, parents and staff.”
The schools Early Years department has already been rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas in a recent moderation by Hampshire, and this recent inspection is just as complimentary. Speaking about the Pre-School to Year 3, the inspection report stated, “children are extremely confident in sharing and expressing ideas” they also said, “this is because of the constant rich communication with children by staff.” When reporting about the academic achievements in the younger end of the school the inspectors found that “children’s writing is of an excellent standard for their age, and of outstanding quality.”
The Prep and Senior school were also commended with Inspectors reporting that “older pupils speak and articulate ideas very clearly” which they said was “due to the teachers encouragement towards pupils”. They also commented that the senior pupils demonstrate well-applied study skills, their ability to extract and retain information was also excellent and that “pupils are eager to learn” and “use their knowledge to good effect in order to solve complex problems.”
The team of Inspectors agreed that staff at Boundary Oak School are successful in their aim to foster an enjoyment of learning and promote a growth mindset and that they are “entirely successful” in achieving its aim to value and treat each pupil as an individual within a family community. They also found that “pupils’ highly positive attitudes are promoted by warm and encouraging staff who use praise highly effectively to motivate pupils.”