‘Qual­i­ties came shin­ing through’ at in­spec­tion

De­light as in­de­pen­dent school in­spec­tors praise St He­len’s

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexander Ballinger alexander.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE £15,000 a year girls’ school has been praised by in­de­pen­dent school in­spec­tors for its pupil achieve­ment and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

St He­len’s School in North­wood has been given “ex­cel­lent” rat­ings in an in­spec­tion.

The In­de­pen­dent Schools In­spec­torate (ISI) vis­ited the school to­wards the end of last year and found pupils’ achieve­ment and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment were both “ex­cel­lent”.

Pupils were found to have high stan­dards in lessons, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tions.

Head­mistress at the school in East­bury Road, Mary Short, said: “We are de­lighted to re­ceive such an out­stand­ing re­port from the In­de­pen­dent Schools In­spec­torate, which con­firms the im­pres­sive progress we have made to­wards achiev­ing our vi­sion of be­com­ing north Lon­don’s ex­cep­tional girls’ school.

“St He­len’s girls are con­fi­dent, am­bi­tious and happy – they achieve highly in ev­ery­thing they do, and it is won­der­ful that the in­spec­tors saw th­ese qual­i­ties shin­ing through at ev­ery stage of the school when they vis­ited us.”

St He­len’s has 1,155 stu­dents aged be­tween three and 18 years old. Founded in 1899, the school has an aca­dem­i­cally se­lec­tive in­take and charges be­tween £3,807 per term for nurs­ery pupils, up to £5,326 per term for the senior school.

The in­spec­tors’ re­port said: “The qual­ity of pupils’ achieve­ments is ex­cel­lent.

“Pupils achieve high stan­dards in lessons, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­ter­nal ex­am­i­na­tions so con­firm­ing that the school meets its aim to pro­vide each and ev­ery pupil with the op­por­tu­nity and means to achieve aca­demic ex­cel­lence.”

It added: “Pupils through­out the school demon­strate high lev­els of self-es­teem. They un­der­stand their own strengths and weak­nesses.

“A small mi­nor­ity, in the pupil ques­tion­naires, said they would wel­come more in­for­ma­tion about their progress and a few par­ents agreed, but the large ma­jor­ity of pupils said they were aware of their on-go­ing progress.”

GREAT RE­PORT: St He­len’s School in North­wood was praised after its in­spec­tion

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