|Name||St John’s Preparatory and Senior School|
|Ofsted Inspection Rating||Outstanding|
|Inspection Date||12 March 2019|
|Address||The Ridgeway, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 5QT|
|Number of Pupils||447 (65% boys 35% girls)|
|Percentage Free School Meals||0%|
|Pupils with SEN Support||3.4%|
|Catchment Area Information Available||No|
|Last Distance Offered Information Available||No|
Information about this school
St John’s Preparatory and Senior School is an independent day school in the London Borough of Enfield. The headteachers are also the joint proprietors. There is no governing body. Leaders secure external support from consultants to help them evaluate the school’s work. The school consists of two sites which are approximately a mile apart. The school admits international students to the sixth form. Since the previous inspection, the school has opened the Nursery class. The school does not use alternate providers. The school has a ‘broadly Christian’ ethos. The previous full standard inspection was 28 February 2017. A progress monitoring inspection took place in August 2017 and a material change inspection took place in August 2018.
Summary of key findings for parents and pupils
This is an outstanding school The headteachers of the school provide inspirational, determined leadership. They are role models for leaders and staff, who share their vision. Collectively, they ensure that pupils benefit from an outstanding quality of education. As a result, outcomes are outstanding. Pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare are outstanding. Pupils are kept safe and secure. They are confident, happy, well-behaved, motivated learners, who typically feel that the school community is ‘like a family’. Pupils of all ages across both sites are welcoming and friendly. Teaching, learning and assessment are outstanding because they result in exceptional achievement for pupils. Occasionally, teaching does not challenge pupils to make the swift progress they are capable of. Leaders have ensured that the independent school standards are met. The curriculum is rich. It entices and inspires pupils to achieve well in a wide range of subjects within and beyond the school day. Pupils are extremely well prepared for the next phase of their education. The sixth form is outstanding. International students have an exceptionally positive experience at the school. Leaders ensure that the exact needs of each individual sixth-form student are identified and met so that all students experience success in their chosen subjects. The early years provision is good. Some variability in the coverage of the curriculum and in the quality of teaching impacts on the progress children make across this phase. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent school standards’) and associated requirements.