Ofsted rates Colchester Royal boarding provision as ‘excellent’

Colchester Royal Grammar School has had its boarding provision rated by Ofsted as “outstanding.”

Colchester Royal Grammar School has had its boarding provision rated by Ofsted as “outstanding.”

The boarding provision, for up to 30 boarders, is exclusively for sixth formers.

Colchester Royal Grammar School is a state funded school and so there are no tuition fees. Boarding fees for 2020 entry were fixed for two years and are £4,500 per term.

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The accommodation is provided in two houses, both of which are situated on the main school site.

The overall experiences and progress of children and young people was rated as good by Ofsted which carried out the inspection earlier this year.

“This school has a strong boarding provision that the boarders enjoy attending. The boarders are highly motivated and have a strong focus on academic attainment and achievement,” Ofsted said.

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“The staff are invested in the boarders. The staff are positive and are respectful and sensitive to the boarders’ needs. The staff celebrate the boarders’ achievements and actively demonstrate their pride in them,” it continued.

“Boarders are ambitious and focused and have the highest expectations. Their intelligence and drive, combined with staff support and the privilege of boarding, help them to achieve excellent examination results.”

There have been improvements made to school house, particularly the showers and the lounge area, Ofsted noted.

The absence of any communal lounge space in the second house was a notable gap.

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“The boarding management team recognises this, and it is reflected in the boarding development plan,” it continued.

Colchester Royal Grammar School describes the boarding opportunity for sixth form students as “a perfect stepping stone to their next chapter in life.”

“Boarding at CRGS is more of an extended family, with mutual respect between staff and students as the foundation of pastoral care,” the school says.

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