Students boarding at Steyning Grammar School enjoy outstanding facilities, according to an Ofsted report.
The school believes it is the first state boarding school to have its boarding provision judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all four areas’ under the new Ofsted Inspection criteria introduced in April 2015.
Ofsted inspects outcomes for boarders, the experience and progress of children and young
people, quality of boarding care and support and the impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers.
The school has been identified as outstanding in all these categories, the highest grade inspectors can give. Of particular note from the inspectors was the comment: “The inclusive community they have is a model for the world on how we can live in peace and harmony with each other.”
Head teacher Nick Wergan said: “I am extremely proud of our boarding staff and students. For the third time running we have been officially judged as outstanding with no recommendations for improvement.”
Pupils seemed to agree. Head girl Vivienne Onamusi said: “Being a part of the school’s boarding is a once in a life time experience. I’ve met so many great people from all over the world which gives me an opportunity to go travelling in the future. I have learnt so much about different cultures and ways of life, but at the same time I have learnt to become more independent and give a helping hand, especially to my younger siblings. When it is time to say goodbye, I know the tears won’t hesitate to fall.”