School's residential care praised
LIMPSFIELD Grange School is outstanding in its residential care, according to Ofsted.
The girls' boarding school for 11 to 16-year-olds in Bluehouse Lane, was commended for its "overall effectiveness", which has had a dramatic impact on the personal and social development of its pupils.
Head teacher Lynis Williams said the report was a great boost to the school – which can provide up to four nights a week boarding.
She added: "We were very pleased with the report which shows the great commitment of the staff but especially the care staff. This is a huge amount of praise for them."
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Mrs Williams said getting the pupils to take part in daily and weekly activities together helped to promote the pupils independence and learning, which was then reflected in the work they did in school.
She added: "The pupils take part in homework sessions and do activities which are directly related to their learning. Some of the girls have a long journey to get to school so boarding with us means they will be less tired and more able to keep up with their work."
According to the report, published last month following an inspection in March, many parents noticed an improvement in behaviour at home and were very impressed with the facilities and care their children received at the school.
Many of the pupils said they felt proud to attend Limpsfield Grange, saying the residential side of their education was like "one big happy family".
Some ideas they have developed and agreed with the school include additional free choice time, later bedtimes and a wider variety of snacks.