Yet again in 2017 we have been rated Outstanding in all categories:
The overall experiences and progress of children and young people
The quality of care and support
How well children and young people are protected
The impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers
The Ofsted report highlighted that pupils unanimously speak positively about their enjoyment of their boarding experience. Boys develop meaningful friendships, enjoy the varied activities and feel safe and secure. Staff were recognised as being unreservedly committed to pupils’ welfare with pupils making excellent progress in their educational, moral, social and cultural development.
Inspectors commented that pupils enjoy each other’s company and there is a buoyant and vibrant atmosphere. They praised the embedded culture of mutual respect operating in the school with behaviour seen to be exemplary. Boys are happy to board with many of them telling inspectors that boarding felt like family. A parent said, ‘Through his experiences in boarding, we have witnessed our son’s personality develop and his confidence grow, resulting in a measured, self-assured teenager who knows his own mind, yet respects the views and opinions of others. He has developed the ability to get along with everyone, to share and to unquestioningly accept differences’.
In summarising the report noted that ‘leadership and management are exceptional. The head of boarding provides effective leadership to the staff team and drives the culture of educational progress, respect and valuing diversity. Senior leaders are confident, inspirational and ambitious, leading by example, demonstrating a respect for others and a humility that pervades the whole’
Headmaster Dr Chris Pyle said ‘We are delighted with the glowing comments in this report. It paints an extremely positive picture of the boarding community at our school. The inspectors spent a lot of time speaking to our boarders in all year groups, and it is excellent to be reminded that they gain so much from boarding at LRGS!
I am hugely grateful to our Head of Boarding, the Housemasters, and all of the matrons and boarding staff. We remain ambitious to make continued improvements to provide the best possible care and education for every single boarder'.