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Priory's most recent OFSTED inspection took place on 9th May 2018, when the school was judged as "continues to be good". You can read the report here.



Priory was inspected by OFSTED on 9th May 2018. The school was judged as "continues to be good".

Here are a selection of quotes from the inspection :

"There is a stimulating and challenging ethos in the school which enables pupils to make strong progress and achieve well."

"Parents who responded to the online survey overwhelmingly agreed that their children feel safe and well cared for at the school."




Priory was inspected by OFSTED on 24th and 25th February 2015. The school was awarded a grade of Good.

Here are a selection of quotes from the inspection :

"By the end of their time in school, as well as good academic achievement, students have developed a very strong ‘sense of self’."

"The curriculum is very broad so that students have a rich learning experience."

"Pastoral care is a strength of the school which is based on a strong set of values."

"The school makes a very strong contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development."

"The school’s work to keep students safe online, known as e-safety, is exemplary. Students know exactly how to stay safe."

"Students behave well and avoid disrupting each other’s learning."

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Priory was inspected by OFSTED on 6th-7th May 2010. The school was awarded a grade of Outstanding.

Here are a selection of quotes from the inspection :

"The school provides an outstanding education for its students."

" ……. achievement is outstanding for all groups, including those students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities."

"Students are extremely well equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for the next step in their education."

"The students’ very positive attitudes combine with good teaching to help ensure outstanding progress."

"The excellent curriculum provides extremely well for the needs of the individual."

"The headteacher, his team of senior managers, a highly motivated staff and the knowledgeable and effective governing body have all contributed to the improvement in attainment and achievement levels."

"The school is highly committed to equal opportunity, with the specialist subjects especially able to provide numerous opportunities for all students to develop their own particular skills and gifts."

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Priory was inspected by OFSTED on 13th June 2007.  The school was awarded a grade of Good.

Here are a selection of quotes from the inspection :

"The impact of performing arts status and visual arts provision on developing students’ self-confidence and cultural awareness is outstanding."

"Priory is ambitious for its young people and has a strong commitment to raising achievement."

"The wide range of extra activities also helps students to explore their potential."

"The outstanding curriculum meets the diverse needs of students."

"Students feel safe and are confident that bullying will be sorted out if reported."

"Supportive relationships are an important factor in students’ enjoyment of school and their good personal development."

"The school encourages students to utilise their youthful energy, productivity and creativity to the full."
(Parent to OFSTED)

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OFSTED inspected Priory School from the 10th - 12th September 2001.

OFSTED commented:

"Priory is a successful school which has achieved Beacon School status. The teaching is good and students achieve standards that are much higher than most secondary schools. The curriculum is rich and the provision for the arts is particularly good. The school is very well managed. Governors, headteacher and senior managers have a clear view of the school’s needs and realistic priorities. The school is providing good value for money."

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