Brighton and Hove Montessori School

Name Brighton and Hove Montessori School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Inspection Date 05 June 2018
Address 67 Stanford Avenue, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 6FB
Phone Number 01273702485
Type Independent
Age Range 2-12
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils Unknown
Local Authority Brighton and Hove

Information about this school

The school is a Montessori non-selective, mixed day school for pupils aged between two and 12 years of age. The school operates from a large converted Victorian house and gardens. The headteacher is also the sole proprietor of the school. The school has no formal board of governors. The school is registered for 45 pupils. At the time of the inspection, there were 35 pupils on roll aged between two and 11. The school operates in two phases. ‘Children’s house’ is for children between the ages of two and six. ‘Elementary class’ is for pupils aged from six to 12. The school operates a before- and after-school club which parents use for childcare purposes. The school was last inspected in September 2013, when the overall effectiveness was judged to be adequate and some of the independent school standards were found not to be met.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school The headteacher leads with a calm confidence. She has a clear vision for the school. Her dedication has ensured that it has improved since the last inspection. Staff work as a close and supportive team. Communication is strong. Collaborative working is the norm, creating capacity in classrooms and impacting positively on pupils’ outcomes. Teachers know individual pupils well. They put this knowledge to good use, planning and facilitating learning that ensures that pupils make good progress across the school. The pastoral care of pupils is excellent. The school’s ethos ensures that the personal development and well-being of pupils are always given the highest priority. Pupils’ attitudes to learning are very positive. They enjoy coming to school because learning is fun, relevant and interesting for them. The proprietor, who is also the headteacher, has ensured that all of the independent school standards are met. Parents and carers are very supportive of the school. They feel that they are welcome and they appreciate how the headteacher and staff involve them in the day-to-day life of the school. Staff generally use questioning well to confirm pupils’ understanding. However, key opportunities to extend pupils’ learning are sometimes missed, slowing their progress. On occasion, the pace of learning slows because activities for older pupils are not challenging enough, or pupils are not clear about the purpose of the activity they are undertaking. The school is reviewing systems to monitor pupils’ academic and personal development. Staff know the importance of completing planned changes without delay. 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.