A Warm Welcome to Overstone Park School
A non-selective independent school registered with DFE and Ofsted for boys and girls aged 0 to 18 years.
Founded by Corville and Marion Brown in 1983, the school building is an extensive modern one storey building with an eco-friendly timber cladding appearance, over a permanent brick structure, which sits harmoniously in the beautiful country park of Overstone Park, which comprises over 350 acres including a golf course, stables and farmland.
The school owns 12 acres of recreational sports and playing fields. This exclusive setting is ideal for pupils of all ages and abilities. Within its beautiful grounds we offer excellent facilities and resources. A wealth of historical and educational heritage can be discovered here. Overstone Park School once housed a boarding school for girls which was attended by students from all over the world. At Overstone Park, we have continued this educational heritage and have educated thousands of pupils within our school departments:
- Crèche (0 to 2 years)
- Nursery (2 to 3 years)
- Pre-Preparatory (3 to school age)
- Preparatory (4 to 10 years)
- High School (10 to 18 years)
We offer the best in education to pupils of all abilities. We are committed to the pursuit excellence and the building of confidence and self-esteem within all of our pupils who we believe are all gifted and talented in their own unique way. In our safe, secure, spacious and adventurous environment, from birth to school age our children are provided with a caring team, a wide range of facilities, equipment and resources to ensure that they are given every opportunity to develop their unique talents and abilities.
Early Years Inspection Report 2014 & School Inspection Report 2015
Overstone Park School – Ofsted Report 2015
Re: Recent OFSTED Inspection
We are writing to let you know that the school was recently inspected by OFSTED. We are particularly pleased to inform you that OFSTED found the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils to be strong; that the school has a strong sense of community; and that the provision we make for our pupils’ needs is good, finding that all groups of pupils make good progress here.
Some of the many strengths OFSTED has commented on are listed below.
Leadership and management
- “The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is strong. Leaders have successfully created an inclusive and caring ethos within the community. Pupils show a sense of spirituality in assemblies, and have a clear sense of right and wrong. They have good social skills, and the school is successful in actively promoting a good knowledge of British institutions and values through activities such as the school parliament and debates in citizenship lessons. They show a respect and understanding for the rule of law and democratic values, and a tolerance of diversity. Pupils study many other religions and cultures, and in discussions they showed a strong awareness and respect for these”.
- “Leaders have a clear and ambitious vision for the school, and are highly committed to ensuring its future success”.
- The school development plan is based on an effective self-evaluation of the school’s strengths, and clearly identifies areas for educational development. Current priorities include further changes to the curriculum in order to meet the needs of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, and providing training for staff in order to deliver these changes effectively”.
Quality of teaching
- “Teachers make good provision to ensure that pupils develop effective independent learning skills, in line with the recommendation of the previous inspection. Pupils know what to do if they become stuck. Good examples were seen of projects and research activities in subjects such as science. Teacher’s planning makes good links between subjects such as history, geography and religious studies, increasing the opportunities for pupils to apply their previous knowledge”.
Behaviour and safety of pupils
- “The behaviour of the pupils is good, and this results in a calm and orderly atmosphere around the site. Pupils are polite and friendly, and show respect towards each other and adults”.
- “The strategies used to promote good behaviour are effective. Pupils value the rewards they are given, and report that sanctions are used fairly, and adapted accordingly in the case of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. They also report that bullying is rare, and it is promptly and effectively addressed when it does take place. They feel that teachers know them well as individuals, and provide good support for them”.
- “The views of parents about behaviour are highly positive; the parents of several pupils that had recently joined the school spoke highly of a noticeable improvement in their children’s attitudes and behaviour”.
- “A scrutiny of maintenance records indicates the school has efficient systems in place to ensure the safety of plant machinery and other equipment. Risk assessments are produced to cover the full range of activities both on and off site. Fire safety procedures are good; all equipment is regularly tested and evacuation drills take place twice each term. The school site is secure, and there are suitable procedures to check and manage the movements of visitors”.
Achievement of pupils
- “The proportion of pupils attaining five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and mathematics, was in line with the national average in 2014 and well above this in 2012 and 2013. This is supported by evidence from the school’s own grading system, which indicates that almost all pupils are achieving at least in line with their ability, with a significant proportion exceeding expectations”.
Early Years provision
- “Children’s personal development is notably strong; they show outstanding social skills and work and play alongside each other harmoniously, sharing and taking turns. They are well-behaved, and keen to share their knowledge with visitors. There is a high standard of care. Relationships between adults and children are warm and supportive, and all children are well known to key staff. This helps to develop positive attitudes towards learning, and children are keen to attend”.
- “…make outstanding provision for their individual needs through courses that are very well-matched to their abilities and aspirations”.
- “The personal development of sixth form students is outstanding. The school provides an excellent programme of activities which develop the leadership qualities, financial awareness and social skills of students”.
We hope that these comments reflect your satisfaction with the school and its community.
In addition to these positive findings, there was one respect in which the school was found to be “inadequate”. Under the new Ofsted Inspection for Independent Schools regulations; if a school is found to be not meeting one or more of the Independent School Standards it will be rated Inadequate. Ofsted’s findings for the school in this respect concerns the recording of recruitment checks (all of which has been completed) should have been recorded in three columns and not in one column with the blanket term DBS (which denotes that the three checks required had been conducted) which was the method used by the school. Ofsted was not satisfied that the school had an updated safeguarding policy on its website.
We are extremely disappointed that this issue has affected our overall rating. However, we have been advised that the conclusion is open to challenge, and it is something that we are asking Ofsted to revisit. We wish to reassure parents that the actual safeguarding for our pupils are in place.
In the meantime, we have provided more information on our website at www.overstoneparkschool.co.uk. If you would like more information we would invite you to contact Mrs Brown (Principal) who can provide more information and context about the findings and our proposed solutions.
We would like to express the warmest wishes for your summer holiday, and look forward to welcoming you and our pupils back on 1st September 2015.
Mrs M F Brown. Mr CO Brown