Inspectors rate South Lee ‘good and excellent’

South Lee School headmaster Mervyn Watch and pupils celebrate the inspection result
South Lee School headmaster Mervyn Watch and pupils celebrate the inspection result

The independent South Lee School has been graded as good and excellent in all areas of a new-style inspection.

The prep school in Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, was examined over three-days by inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate in a form of inspection introduced in September.

They looked at the quality of education the pupils received by visiting lessons, sampling assemblies, browsing through written work and visiting several of the clubs and activities that take place each week.

They were impressed by the results pupils received in their entry to senior schools, including many scholarships, the outstanding physical skills of pupils of all ages and noted the numeracy skills and knowledge as a highlight.

The staff, parents and pupils are extremely proud and celebrated the findings.

The school was pleased inspectors praised the outstanding social and collaborative skills as well as the pupils’ moral development which is seen as a key area of importance at South Lee.

Mervyn Watch, headmaster at South Lee for two years, said: “Staff continue to work hard to achieve the best for each and every pupil at South Lee offering excellence both in and out of the classroom.

“Whilst academic development is always at the heart of the school, we are delighted that the inspectors were also able to witness the pupils’ excellent moral sensibilities, behaviour, resilience and self-confidence; a truly important part of the holistic education we deliver at South Lee.”

South Lee School is an independent day school and nursery for children from two to thirteen years of age.

Mr Watch said prospective parents can visit the school at any time during the week.