Benedict House Preparatory School

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Benedict House Preparatory School

Name Benedict House Preparatory School
Ofsted Inspections
Address 1-5 Victoria Road, Bexley, Sidcup, DA15 7HD
Phone Number 02083007206
Type Independent
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 155 (53.5% boys 46.5% girls)
Local Authority Bexley
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%
Pupils with SEN Support 7.7%%
Catchment Area Indicator Available No
Last Distance Offered Available No

Information about this school

Benedict House is a coeducational preparatory school for pupils aged 2 to 11. It was founded in 1989 and is situated in three Victorian houses in Sidcup, Kent. The school was previously inspected in 2007 and received a light touch progress monitoring inspection in 2010. There are currently 152 pupils on roll, 36 of which are in the early years. Seven of these children in the early years attend part time. The school has pupils from a range of ethnic groups. The largest groups are White British, Black African and Asian. The school is part of the Alpha Schools group.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher provides strong leadership and has brought stability to the school since his appointment in May 2017. Leaders ensure that effective safeguarding arrangements are understood and used well by staff. Pupils feel safe and know how to keep themselves safe. Governors have an incisive knowledge of the school and its community. They have effectively managed the significant turnover of staff and leaders since the time of the previous inspection. Leaders ensure that all pupils are fully included in school life and can enjoy a wide range of experiences, which promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Teachers are reflective and work hard to improve their skills. As a result, teaching and learning is good. The proprietor and the staff have ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. Pupils make sustained progress from above-average starting points in reading, writing, mathematics and science. By the time they leave the school, they achieve standards that are well above the national average. Pupils are confident, happy learners and they behave well. Leaders deal with rare incidences of bullying effectively. Pupils are taught a wide range of subjects across the curriculum. Teachers do not always use technology consistently well to enhance learning in all subjects. Leaders recognise the need to build on their partnership working with parents to improve attendance. Children in the early years make good progress and teachers track the progress of individuals well. Teachers are less confident in teaching phonics and leaders lack rigour in their monitoring of provision and outcomes in this phase of the school. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.