Reigate Grammar School becomes first co-educational school to be rated ‘exceptional’

Surrey Mirror, 02.02.16, celebrations are in order at Reigate Grammar School, after a government inspectorate rated pupils' achievements and learning as "exceptional". HMC member Shaun Fenton, headmaster of leading independent Reigate Grammar School is quoted.

The secondary, in Reigate Road, has become the first co-educational school to be awarded the accolade by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

After an inspection last year, the "exceptional" rating was given for achievement and learning, while all other sections were given the highest rating of "excellent" by the watchdog.

In a report set to be published on its website this month, the lead inspector said: "The quality of pupils' achievements and learning is exceptional. Pupils of all needs and abilities are highly successful in their learning.

"The school fully meets its aim to develop the talents and abilities of the pupils. It has responded positively and successfully to the recommendation of the previous inspection to develop independent work and intellectual curiosity and to ensure challenge and rigour in learning are provided more consistently throughout the school."

Alan Walker, chairman of governors, said he was "proud" of the whole school, while head teacher Shaun Fenton said: "The experience of each individual child in our care is more important than any report but it is nice to know how we compare to other schools.

"This will motivate us towards further continuous improvement."

Nine inspectors spent four days scrutinising the school, which has nearly 1,000 pupils, at the end of the autumn term before reporting their findings.

The areas deemed "excellent" included pupils' behaviour; the wide range of extra-curricular activities; arrangements for pupils' pastoral care; welfare and health and safety; links with parents, and the quality of governance, leadership and management.

For the school to improve further, inspectors suggested strengthening its library provision, personal study offer and e-learning, fitting in with a development plan already in place.

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