Monkton Prep head teacher delighted with glowing inspection
A Bath head teacher says he had a lump in his throat "the size of a coconut" when he read a glowing inspection report.
Staff and pupils at independent schools Monkton Pre-Prep and Prep are celebrating after being rated as excellent by inspectors.
They were visited by a team from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), who were impressed by what they found.
The schools were rated as "excellent" – the highest grade – in all five main categories and each of 15 sub-sections.
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Chris Stafford, head of the Prep, and Kathryn Morrell, head of the Pre-Prep, said they were thrilled with the report.
Mr Stafford said: "Listening to the verbal feedback will always rank as one of the very high spots of my career – I had a lump in my throat the size of a coconut. I felt genuinely humbled because this report told me more about the real nature of the staff and pupils here; it is very much their triumph and their reward.
"Time and time again, it was the pupils that received the praise of the inspectors and this is the right focal point – the school is not a collection of buildings, proud as we are of all the facilities; this school does not exist for the sake of the governors or the staff – despite their huge commitment and extraordinary gifts – this school is an excellent school because it has remarkable pupils and I would like to say a huge thank you to all our parents for your trust in us, in placing them here."