Merton Court Preparatory School
2014
Merton Court ISI Report 2014

I am delighted to outline the very positive comments and findings of ISI
inspectors following our inspection in November 2014.

The full report is available from the school office.
  • The ability of the children in school is above average, with over a third having well above average ability. Attainment in national tests is well above the national average of maintained primary schools.
  • The school successfully achieves its aims of enabling pupils to reach their potential by providing a good education with a varied and balanced curriculum within a caring environment, with strong family ethos and an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness.
  • Teaching is good, the quality of the pupils' achievements is good and within the EYFS, progress is excellent. All pupils have excellent attitudes towards learning.
  • Spectacular EYFS wooded area.
  • Generous EYFS staff ratios and high quality EYFS Team.
  • We run an excellent programme of extra-curricular clubs & activities.
  • The spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the pupils is excellent. Links with the local community are especially strong.
  • Relationships amongst pupils and between pupils and staff are excellent.
  • Safeguarding arrangements are effective.
  • Recruitment procedures are robust; arrangements for health and safety are good, ensuring that pupils are safe.
  • Links with parents and carers are excellent.
  • The quality of the pupils' achievements and learning is good.
  • The pupils are extremely articulate, enthusiastic and engaged learners.
  • Children in the EYFS make excellent progress, often exceeding expected levels of attainment by the end of Reception.
  • Children have excellent listening skills.
  • The pupils' excellent ability to communicate coherently is evident in all curriculum areas.
  • Pupils questionnaires were phenomenally positive.
  • Pupils are consistently awarded places at their first choice maintained selective or independent senior school, with a number winning scholarships every year.
  • Pupils' attitudes to their learning are excellent and their behaviour is exemplary.
  • Teaching - the vast majority is good/excellent. Pupils follow a broad and creative curriculum.
  • There is a strong focus on reading and literacy. Phonics sessions promote early writing skills and particularly good progress in writing.
  • Teaching shows high expectations and motivates the children through an excellent range of imaginative tasks.
  • Teachers' subject knowledge is very good and skilful questioning techniques encourage pupils to think and reason for themselves.
  • Displays throughout the school are vibrant and inspiring and include excellent artwork.
  • The pupils' behaviour is excellent.
  • Dedicated staff are highly effective in fulfilling the school's aim to create an atmosphere of warmth and friendliness. Staff know the pupils extremely well.
  • Relationships between staff and pupils and among pupils themselves are excellent
  • School meals are well-balanced and nutritious.
  • The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety is good.
  • The safeguarding of all pupils is given effective attention.
  • The quality of governance is sound. There has been considerable investment in the school, including, recently, a woodland area for the EYFS, new classroom accommodation, and interactive whiteboards throughout the school.
  • The buildings and grounds are very well maintained.
  • The quality of leadership and management is good.
  • The school is inspired by a committed and dedicated headmaster.
  • The leadership team has a clear vision for the development of the school.
  • We have highly committed and hard-working staff, who work well together.
  • Teaching assistants and support staff are highly valued.
  • The school has excellent standards of pastoral care and of pupils' personal development. The arrangements for personal care are excellent.
  • Links with parents, carers and guardians are excellent.
  • We have a strong Parents' Association.


The following were areas identified for further improvement, which the school has already begun to address:
  • More systematic evidence of governance by the proprietors through the keeping of more formal written records.
  • More formal written records for staff appraisal and professional development.
  • Lesson planning and teaching/learning review for the 'Most Able'.
  • Increased frequency of observational note taking in EYFS.

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