25/01/13 – ISI Inspection

Appleford, the Shrewton school for children with dyslexia and associated learning difficulties, was recently inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and has received the top grade, ‘excellent’, in all areas.

Headmaster, Mr David King said “We are all delighted with the report which recognises that our student’s excellent achievements are a result of the school’s relentless commitment to enabling every pupil to develop highly positive attitudes to learning and helping them to achieve their potential”.

All areas of the inspection were judged to be excellent by the inspectors: the quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning; the pupils’ relationships with each other and staff; the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils; the contribution of teaching, curricular and extra-curricular; the links between the school and parents and the quality of the school’s governance, leadership and management.ISI

The inspectors felt that the pupils’ personal development and academic progress was excellent and reported that the “pupils show maturity in the way they care for each other. Often joining the school with unhappy earlier learning experiences, the pupils soon come to recognise their own worth and that of others. Relationships within the school are extremely positive”. Mr King added that he was delighted that the high standards of achievement and pastoral care had been noted and the staff praised as excellent role models.

Staff at Appleford have high aspirations for the pupils and are delighted that the pupils’ excellent social skills were noted. Great attention is paid to this aspect of their education to enable them to approach their academic learning confidently and with enthusiasm. This in turn has led to rapid progress and in all areas.

David King said, “We are absolutely delighted with this truly outstanding report. It confirms the staff’s dedication to the school and our belief that Appleford is a unique path to success for our students”. The school has recently extended its provision and provides for day, weekly and full boarders. A full GCSE, vocational and extra-curricular programme is now available for pupils up to the age of 16.

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