North Somerset private school praised by inspectors

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 June 2017

Sidcot School headteacher Iain Kilpatrick.

Sidcot School headteacher Iain Kilpatrick.

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An independent North Somerset school has been praised by inspectors after a recent visit.

Sidcot School, in Winscombe, was visited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) earlier this year, and inspectors heaped praise upon school leaders and students in a report published this week.

The ISI rated pupils’ academic development as ‘good’ and personal development as ‘excellent’, and said the school boasted a ‘culture of mutual respect’ among students and teachers.

The boarding school, which also educates children from the area, teaches people aged three to 19, using Quaker values as the foundation of its teaching.

The ISI report said: “All pupils display an enthusiastic approach to their learning which is fully supported throughout the Sidcot Learning Wheel, a successful initiative implemented by school leaders to embed Quaker values of truth and integrity, equality and community, peace, simplicity, and sustainability into the classroom.

“All groups of pupils consistently demonstrate excellent attitudes to learning and achievement, and seek to do their very best as young people who know their own minds.

“They have a willingness to work collaboratively and to take on the leadership of their own learning. This is because pupils are focussed for the start of a lesson or activity to engage and do their best in a culture of mutual respect with their teachers and peers.”

‘Proud’ headteacher Iain Kilpatrick believes the school’s values are instrumental to its learning environment.

He said: “It is hugely rewarding to receive such positive feedback from the inspectors and I am proud it is our students who particularly impressed during the inspection.

“Our Quaker values, which underpin all our teaching and learning here at Sidcot, shone through and were acknowledged as the golden thread which weaves throughout our school and is key to our academic excellence and outstanding pupil personal development which the inspectors described as ‘excellent’.

“Every aspect of school life was scrutinised by the inspectors and whether looking at our teaching standards, student performance, self-development or behaviour, we excelled.

“This was an excellent report from the ISI and one that our entire school community can be justifiably proud of.”

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