Claremont School

Name Claremont School
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 12 March 2019
Address Baldslow, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7PW
Phone Number 01424751555
Type Independent
Age Range 1-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 632 (57% boys 43% girls)
Local Authority East Sussex
Percentage English is Not First Language %
Persisitent Absence %
Catchment Area Information Available No
Last Distance Offered Information Available No
Highlights from Latest Inspection:

Information about this school

Claremont School is a non-selective, independent, co-educational school for pupils aged from one to 19 years. The school was founded in 1925, initially as a nursery and preparatory school. In September 2011, the senior school opened on a site near Bodiam. The school also owns a study centre in northern France. The school was previously inspected by Ofsted in 2016, when it was judged outstanding. In 2017, Ofsted agreed to the school’s request for a material change, increasing the school’s capacity from 588 pupils to 800 pupils. Since then, the number of pupils on roll has increased to 689. The school provides residential care for pupils from 11 to 19 years old in two boarding houses within a short drive from the main school sites. The school’s boarding provision was inspected by Ofsted in 2017, when it was judged outstanding. A small proportion of pupils in the school speak English as an additional language. A very small number of pupils have education, health and care plans. The International Schools Partnership became the school’s proprietor in 2018. The school does not use alternative provision. A substantial building project to construct the new arts centre was underway on the senior school site during the inspection.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school Inspirational leadership and governance ensure that the school continues to grow, develop and flourish. This happy and successful school has gone from strength to strength since the previous inspection. Leaders ensure that pupils learn well, feel secure and have fun within the school’s safe, hard-working and friendly environment. Consistently strong teaching means that pupils of all ages and at each stage of education achieve exceptionally well throughout the school. The school’s well-planned curriculum enthuses pupils about learning and prepares them exceptionally well for the next stage of their education. Experienced staff, warm relationships and excellent teaching in early years enable children to settle quickly into school life. Pupils throughout the school feel very safe, secure and valued. The school’s broad and varied curriculum provides plenty of interest and challenge for pupils in all year groups. High standards of behaviour, good manners and respectful relationships throughout the school make a strong contribution to pupils’ learning. The school gives the development of pupils’ personal and social skills a high priority. As a result, pupils become mature, articulate and thoughtful learners. Extremely effective teaching in the sixth form ensures that standards of achievement at the end of Year 13 are high. Leaders ensure that all the independent school standards are fully in place. Leaders have recently updated the English curriculum to strengthen the use of vocabulary in pupils’ writing even more. However, it is too soon for these developments to have been established fully throughout 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.