BARFIELD School has been rated as ‘excellent’ in the lastest Independent Schools Inspection (ISI) giving pupils an excellent grounding in a wide range of subjects and life skills, and ensuring they are happily challenged and nurtured.

The report confirms the reputation of the school and rated the school as ‘excellent’ in all eight inspection areas. ‘Excellent’ is the highest rating awarded by ISI and is equivalent to Ofsted’s ‘outstanding’.

Outdoor education provision, an integral part of the school curriculum, was recognised as an “outstanding and distinctive feature of the school.”

The report also depicts the strong relationships between the highly committed teachers and pupils.

The report also celebrates the quality of teaching at Barfield which comprises “traditional and innovative teaching methods” and this, coupled with teachers excellent relationships with pupils, means they “are able to match work very accurately to pupils’ needs in lessons”,

Pastoral care was also regarded as excellent, as were pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, welfare, health and safety.

Governance, leadership and management were again judged to be ‘excellent’.

Headmaster James Reid commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for the school and is testament to the hard work of staff and pupils and the partnership which exists between the school and parents.

“We shall not rest on our laurels and will continue to provide the very best education for each child”.