Bryony School

Name Bryony School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Good
Address 157 Marshall Road, Rainham, ME8 0AJ
Phone Number 01634231511
Type Independent
Age Range 2-11
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 114 (50% boys 50% girls)
Local Authority Medway
Percentage Free School Meals 0.0%
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Pupils with SEN Support 1.7%
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
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Information about this school

Bryony School is a non-selective independent day preparatory school in Rainham, Kent. The school caters for boys and girls between the ages of two and 11. The school operates on two sites that are about two miles apart. The building at Marshall Road is a converted house in a residential area. It provides education for pupils between two and seven years old. This includes a pre-school class, a Nursery class and a Reception class that provide for children in the early years foundation stage. The second site, at Meresborough Road, is for pupils aged between seven and 11 years old. The building is a former farmhouse with additional outbuildings situated in a rural area. The school provides additional childcare before and after school. It also provides transport by minibus between the school sites. There are no pupils with an education, health and care plan. The principal is the proprietor’s husband. They have together appointed an advisory board to provide support and challenge to school leaders. The last full inspection took place in May 2016, when the school was judged to be inadequate. A subsequent progress monitoring visit in January 2017 found that all the previously unmet independent school standards had been met.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a good school Leaders have successfully made improvements to ensure that the school complies with the independent school standards. Leaders have ensured that the school has maintained the good standards in teaching and good outcomes for pupils identified in the previous inspection. Effective teaching enables pupils to make good progress from their starting points. The new advisory board and the increased responsibility of the business manager have considerably strengthened the leadership of the school. Arrangements to keep pupils safe from harm meet statutory requirements. Pupils are safe and feel safe at school. However, some record keeping could be strengthened. Pupils are not given enough opportunities to make choices about their learning or to contribute to improvements in the school. Pupils behave well throughout the school day. Attendance rates are high because pupils enjoy school. Children make a good start to school in early years, including in the provision for two-year-olds. The leadership of the early years provision has been strengthened. Leaders have ensured that the curriculum is broad and balanced. Pupils benefit from a wide range of visits, trips and extra-curricular clubs that enhance their learning and social skills. The leadership of teaching is not as strong as it could be. Teachers are not aware of how to improve their teaching to accelerate pupils’ progress further. The most able pupils are not consistently challenged in lessons. Sometimes the work they are given is too easy. 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.