Our most recent Full ISI Inspection, in June 2015, awarded us Excellent across all areas of School and EYFS. We passed our ISI Compliance Inspection in May 2018 with flying colours.
ISI reports do not provide a single overarching judgement for the school but instead give a clear judgement on each aspect of the school’s work at the beginning of each section. These headline statements must include one of the ISI descriptors: Excellent, Good, Sound or Unsatisfactory.
|The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning||EXCELLENT|
|The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision||EXCELLENT|
|The contribution of teaching||EXCELLENT|
|The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils||EXCELLENT|
|The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care||EXCELLENT|
|The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety||EXCELLENT|
|The quality of governance||EXCELLENT|
|The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians||EXCELLENT|
As an Ofsted registered setting at the time of the Full Inspection in 2015, the ISI used Ofsted levels to assess our Early Years Provision. The levels are as follows:
Outstanding – this aspect of the provision is of exceptionally high quality; Good – this aspect of the provision is strong; Satisfactory – this aspect of the provision is sound; Inadequate – this aspect of the provision is not good enough.
|Meeting the needs of the range of children who attend||OUTSTANDING|
|The contribution of the early years provision to the children’s well-being||OUTSTANDING|
|The leadership and management of the early years provision||OUTSTANDING|
|The overall quality and standards of the early years provision||OUTSTANDING|
Download the Park School Inspection Report 2015
The ISI Compliance Inspection in May 2018 was exceptionally successful. We have met all the criteria set out in the Independent Schools Standards Regulations and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The Inspectors visited Park on 23 and 24 May 2018. They observed every aspect of School life including analysing the curriculum, observing lessons, chatting to pupils both generally and over lunch and interviewing pupils across the School age ranges. They also attended after-school clubs and held discussions with staff, with members of the senior leadership team and with the School board. In addition, they analysed all parental and pupil feedback.
The inspectors’ feedback was excellent across all areas of the School.
During the two day visit the School was assessed against 450 Primary School standards and more than 70 EYFS standards in 8 different categories. These categories are listed below:
- Quality of education provided
- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
- Welfare, health and safety of pupils
- Suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors
- Premises of and accommodation at schools
- Provision of information
- Manner in which complaints are handled
- Quality of leadership in and management of schools
The School is judged to actively promote the well-being of pupils.
Download the Park School ISI Compliance Inspection Report 2018
Please note that the following policies and information are available to download here:
Accelerated Learning Policy (which includes the educational and welfare provision for pupils with statements or Educational Heath Care Plans)
Parents of pupils in the Nursery and Reception may contact the Independent Schools Inspectorate (www.isi.net, 020 7600 0100) if they believe that the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage are not being met.
Copies of all documents are available free of charge from the School Office upon request.
Cooked lunches are freshly prepared by our School chef and his team each day, with the menus rotated weekly. The meals are especially designed for children and their busy days, nutritionally balanced with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. Lunch is two courses with a choice of main course and a pudding or fresh fruit. At morning break we offer a snack and a drink.
Chicken basil and tomato penne pasta served with garlic bread and carrots
Organic fruit yoghurt
Chicken goujons with potato wedges and green beans
Beef burger with hashbrowns and corn on the cob
White chocolate and cranberry flapjack
Sausage mash and peas
Fish and chips
Park School has two classes per year group and as a general rule there is an average of 20 pupils per class.
|Reception:||Most children attend full time from September, however they can attend part-time (mornings only: 8.45 am – 12.00pm) or full-time (8.45 am – 3.10 pm).
A combination of mornings and full days can also be arranged.
If pupils have siblings elsewhere in the school, they can stay on till 3.35 pm.
|Years 1 and 2:||8.45 am – 3.35 pm|
|Years 3, 4, 5 and 6:||8.45 am – 3.40 pm|
Fees protection information is available via the School Office.
Early morning care from 8.00 am until 8.30 am is available upon request via the School Office. A light breakfast is available. There is a small charge for this facility.
After School Care Club
After School Care Club runs from 3.45 pm until 5.45 pm daily, during term time. Children can be booked into this club for the whole term (forms are sent out to parents the previous term) or they can attend on an occasional basis, as required.
A snack and a drink is served. A range of activities is offered and the children play outside when the weather is fine. Pupils can also do homework set in class that day. There is a small charge for this facility.
Park School Clubs
No charge is made for an after-school club if it is run by our own staff. However, outside instructors do make a termly charge for attendance at their clubs.
Park School Holiday Club
We run a holiday club during most weeks of the school holidays. These are run by familiar, experienced members of staff. Most clubs are held in the school grounds and include a range of craft, sport and ICT activities.
We also run a water sports week during the Summer break for children aged 7 and over. Here the children learn to sail, wall climb, kayak, canoe and raft build.
Holiday clubs are popular. The environment carefully created by the staff means the children love coming along. They make new friends and take home the treasure they make.
Holiday club runs 9.00am-3.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays and School INSET days). Please note that you can drop your child off at 8.30am and collect him/her up to 4.00pm. A late collection charge will apply if children are not collected by 4pm.
Your child will require a packed lunch, water bottle and a snack. Before dropping your child off please consider the weather forecast for the day to ensure they come in appropriate clothing and footwear.
Please note that holiday club communications will be sent to all parents in the lead up to the next holiday club (during term time) – this will include the cost per day, specific dates around when to book and guarantee your place(s), and the last day that you or the School can cancel the course by. Please note if you cancel after the given date you will still be charged and you are unable to swap dates once a booking has been made.
Park School Holiday Club is subject to staff availability and places are offered on a first come, first served basis.
Please be advised we no longer have a holiday club bank account – payment is to be made to the Park School account. You will receive an invoice from our Finance Team which is payable immediately upon receipt.
If you have any further questions about holiday clubs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org during term time only. Outside of this, the contact number for holiday club is 07935 211988.
School uniform is an important element of Park School life. We are very proud of our school uniform – its distinctive blue and grey colours are not only smart, but have become synonymous with Park School over the years.
The School’s outfitter is Schoolwear Solutions. The garments supplied are of a high quality and for the convenience of our parents they visit the School twice each year, at the end of the Lent Term and during the Summer Term. Uniform can be ordered during these visits or online throughout the year. Feel free to give them a call on give them a call on (0116) 216 0665 to discuss your child’s specific requirements.
Alternatively, follow the link below to order your uniform (parents should ‘Search by School’ and select Park School).
For more information on the uniform items required for your child, please take a look at the appropriate list below:
Parental involvement in the teaching and learning process is a crucial element to pupil success. Our philosophy is simple…we succeed together.
Parents are regularly invited to assemblies and productions and are encouraged to accompany the children on educational trips and visits.
Excellent communication is an essential part of an outstanding school. When parents, pupils and the school are pulling in the same direction, the progress pupils achieve will often surpass all expectation.
A written report on each individual’s progress is sent to parents five times a year. Each report contains attainments in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
Formal parent/teacher meetings take place every term.
Class teachers are available in the mornings and release their pupils directly to parents at the end of each day, providing the opportunity to talk.
Reading Records and Homework Diaries provide additional methods of communication and parents are encouraged to discuss matters concerning their children with the teachers and the Headteacher at any mutually convenient time.
At the start of each school day the Headteacher, Bursar or Principal Administrator may often be seen standing at the school gate to welcome children and parents.
Friends of Park School (FOPS)
Friends of Park School (FOPS) is an organisation that invites parents to make an active contribution to the life of the school. Each year FOPS puts on a programme of events in tandem with the School. These have included Race Nights, Quiz Evenings and the Summer Party for parents and Children in Need Day and School Discos for the children. FOPS is also instrumental in running the annual Summer Fete.
Each year, FOPS raises funds, which are divided between supporting our pupils and a nominated local charity. FOPS is led by a Chair and Deputy Chair. Each class has a parent or two who act as FOPS Representatives. They are involved in attending FOPS meetings (usually each term) led by the FOPS Chair and Deputy Chair and assisting the FOPS Chair and Deputy Chair with school-wide events.
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