Pupils at Oundle School have an excellent level of overall achievement, according to a report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
The four-day inspection this month by 15 inspectors also resulted in the school being awarded the top grade in a range of categories including pupils’ achievement and learning, curricular and extra-curricular provision, health and safety, pastoral care, leadership and management.
The quality of teaching and learning was judged as excellent, with inspectors saying the level of performance in music, art, drama and sport significantly enhanced pupils’ experience.
Teaching was deemed to be “characterised by inventive approaches, teachers’ energy and enthusiasm”, while careers and university advice was found to be highly effective.
The school’s extra-curricular programme was described as wide-ranging and imaginative, while boarding houses were found to provide a supportive environment for pupils.
Pupils themselves were also praised, with behaviour was found to be exemplary.
Headmaster Charles Bush said: “The ISI Inspection Report is a tremendous endorsement of the many good things that happen at Oundle.
“We are delighted with the findings and celebrate the many outstanding features recognised, all of which are a result of the great dedication, hard work and commitment of our staff.
“I am particularly pleased that the pupils are also praised highly – this is richly deserved. The inspectors made specific reference to a number of areas that had improved since the last inspection and this underscores our consistent focus to improve and develop all areas of the school.”