Hilden Grange School, a co-ed Prep school in Tonbridge, was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in March, and graded as ‘excellent’, the highest grade possible, in the two areas covered by the report: ‘The Quality of Pupils’ Academic and other Achievements’ and ‘The Quality of Pupil’s Personal Development.’
Malcolm Gough, Headteacher, commented: “I am delighted that the school has been recognised in this way as it is an endorsement of the high quality of education provided at Hilden Grange and the hard work, dedication and commitment of staff, children and parents. As a community we can be justifiably proud of our school and all those associated with Hilden Grange.”
The report praises “pupils’ exemplary attitudes” and the “creative and engaging teaching which enables them to become highly effective learners”. The report also recognises the firm foundation that children receive in the Early Years and how this is developed through their time at the school:
“A large majority of the youngest children receive a very high level of development by the time they leave the early years setting. As pupils move up the school they maintain this strong start and make rapid progress with standardized test scores in English and mathematics being well above national age-related norms.”
In terms of the pupils’ personal development, the Inspectors wrote that “Pupils show a highly developed sense of moral responsibility supported wholly by the Hilden Grange way of conduct.” They also commented that “Pupils show high levels of respect and consideration for each other and form productive relationships.”
Hilden Grange is rightly proud to note the impact of its Language of Learning scheme: “Pupils exhibit strong positivity which is nurtured through the six aims of the school’s Language of Learning. This is an everyday common focus for pupils and staff which is embedded within the culture of the school.”
Hilden Grange is the fifth Alpha Plus School judged to be ‘excellent’ by ISI this year. Previous ISI Excellence was awarded to Wetherby School, Wetherby Prep, Falcons Prep Richmond and Falcons Pre Preparatory school in Chiswick.