IAPS – the Independent Association of Prep Schools
Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is a member of the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools.
Members of the IAPS are all committed to the pursuit of an excellent, well-rounded education – valuing academic success and the personal development of each individual child through an unrivalled range of opportunities in sport, music, modern and classical languages, art, drama, science, technology, and the early years.
ISI Early Years Foundation Stage Inspection Report June 2014
In June 2014 ISI inspected the school’s EYFS which was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas:
- How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend.
- The contribution of the early years provision to children’s well being.
- The leadership and management of the early years provision.
- The overall quality of the early years provision.
‘The EYFS has continued to provide the high standards reported in the previous inspection.’ ‘Parents responses to questionnaires and discussion show them to be overwhelmingly supportive of the school. They are particularly confident that their children are well looked after and offered an appropriate range of subjects.’
ISI Boarding Welfare Inspection Report June 2014
The School meets all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2013 which covered all of the following sections:
Boarding provision and care
Arrangements for welfare and safeguarding
Leadership and management of the boarding provision
‘Boarders report that they are extremely happy with their boarding experience.’ ‘Parents and boarders say that the school is successful in its stated aim, to ensure the boarders feel cared for, valued and happy and that they leave the school as well rounded, confident individuals.’ ‘The school’s inclusive ethos ensures that boarders do not experience discrimination.’
Ofsted Outstanding 2010 – 2011
In May 2011 Ofsted inspected the school’s social care and boarding environment which was rated ‘outstanding’:
‘Pupils are provided with an excellent level of care and pastoral support. They are cared for by staff who know them well; their views are sought and they feel listened to. The school provides pupils with a safe and nurturing environment and an extensive programme of activities that contributes to their social and self-help skills.’
Ofsted Outstanding 2009 – 2010
In January 2010 the School’s Nursery was inspected and the overall effectiveness of the Early Years provision at our Taverham Hall site was rated as ‘outstanding’.
Early Years provision refers to provision regulated by Ofsted for children from birth to 31 August following their fifth birthday – the early years group. As such the report also applies to our Reception children.
Independent Schools Inspectorate Team
In their November 2010 inspection report the School was described as providing ‘an excellent all-round education. The well-planned, wide-ranging and stimulating curriculum enables all pupils to reach high standards in relation to their age and ability.’
Additionally, ‘There is an excellent success rate in Common Entrance examinations and Year 8 leavers consistently obtain places in their first choice of senior school, several with scholarships.’
The ISI also rated the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) as ‘outstanding‘ in ALL of the following areas:
1. the overall effectiveness of the EYFS
2. the effectiveness of the leadership and management of the EYFS
3. the quality of the provision in the EYFS
4. the outcomes for the children in the EYFS
Nace Challenge Award
The school was recently awarded the NACE Challenge Award for its outstanding provision for more able pupils. Following assessment by The National Association for Able Children in Education Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall has been accredited with The NACE Challenge Award for excellence in whole-school provision for more able, gifted and talented pupils.
Gold Sports Mark Award
The School is the proud recipient of its second Sainsbury’s Gold School Games Mark Award, which is the highest grade in this national award. The award recognises the School’s commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport as well as our ‘sport for all’ philosophy, the high level of attainment, inclusivity and provision for sport in the School together with our contribution to the wider community and the leadership opportunities for pupils.
The School was awarded this award in 2014/2015 and again in 2015/2016.
Read more about the School and the Gold Sports Mark Award here
National Healthy Schools Status
The School has been awarded the National Healthy Schools Status which promotes the link between good health, behaviour and achievement.
To qualify for National Healthy School status required the School to meet criteria in four core themes. These criteria relate not only to the taught curriculum but also to the emotional, physical and learning environment that the school provides and include personal, social and health education, healthy eating, physical activity and emotional health and wellbeing.
Norfolk Food & Drink – Finalist Best School Food Project 2013
This award showcases the best in food education, provision and innovation across the county’s schools. Judges were looking for outstanding school dinner staff, whole school or individual class projects encouraging interest and involvement in growing and using produce, and school-based food schemes that have involved the wider community, as well as teaching staff, partnerships and pupils who demonstrate a commitment to developing understanding of food production and cookery.
The School was 1 of 4 finalists and were awarded a Highly Commended Certificate.
RHS School Gardening Award Scheme
The School signed up to the Royal Horticultural Society Campaign for School Gardening which aims to encourage and support schools to develop and actively use a school garden. The children have thus far completed Level 3 out of 5 and are working towards Level 4 with the ultimate aim of achieving the much desired 5 star award.
Read more about this RHS award scheme
Green Tree School
The School has achieved the Gold standard for the Green Tree Award Award Scheme of the Woodland Trust, having obtained Silver and Bronze before this.
The aim of this award is to encourage schools to become more eco-friendly and have a greater concern and awareness of the wildlife environment. Each school may look at the website and decide which criteria it can become involved in and thus earn points towards each level – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
The School have earned points by joining the Nature Detectives for young children, ordering their free trees each year and registering ancient trees on our site, to name a few.
Read more about the award status here
Centre of Excellence for Norfolk Youth Cricket
The School’s Sports Hall facility is the Centre to Excellence for Norfolk Youth Cricket .
In addition the sports hall is used as the home venue for the National League Thoroughbred netball team’s indoor training and Norfolk United Netball Club’s regional home games.
Norwich BioScience Institutes (NBI) School Engagement
The School work closely with the NBI’s Outreach Department who offer various scientific activities, expertise and resources to enhance the curriculum of pupils here at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall.
The aim is to inspire young people and raise awareness of career opportunities within the field of Science.
NBI consists of The John Innes Centre, The Institute for Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre. Click here to read more about the NBI.
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