One of the BPET schools, Rutherford House School in Balham, received an OfSTED inspection at the end of the last academic year, in the heat of the summer. The leadership team and staff demonstrated their excellence across the school, with the opportunity to show inspectors end of term activities like the school production and sports day.
The inspection lasted two days, and concluded with Rutherford House being judged as Good overall, with Outstanding recognition for Personal Development and Behaviour & Attitudes. This is an improvement from the last inspection, with the school continuing to establish itself, going from strength to strength.
As a new school that opened in September 2013, Rutherford House School is popular with parents due to the breath of provision, excellent extra curricula offer and success in supporting pupils onto the next stage of their education journey. In the most recent cohort to graduate from the school, pupils achieved places at Dulwich College, Streatham & Clapham, Chestnut Grove and Graveney to mention just a few.
Pupils know and follow established routines. For example, during outdoor learning in the forest area, children in Reception were keen to explain that the ‘Don’t pick, don’t lick’ rule is there to keep them safe. […] Their behaviour is exemplary. […]
Pupils have plenty of opportunities to find new interests from the vast range of extra-curricular clubs on offer, including philosophy, cookery and fencing. Leaders try to offer something for everyone and invite pupils to suggest new clubs, which pupils help to run, such as a 3-D combination-puzzle club.”
Maxine Mallett, Headteacher of Rutherford House said: “I’m proud of all pupils and all staff, who worked hard to achieve this result. We always strive to improve and the inspection validated the areas we continue to improve to meet the needs of all our pupils. We will work together with the Bellevue Place Educational Trust – of which we are part of – and the BPET team of Trust Champions to consolidate efforts and reach an Outstanding judgement in all areas.”
Mark Greatrex, Chief Executive of the BPET Trust said: “We are delighted with the values and ethos Rutherford House School embodies, delivering excellence in education for the benefit for a broad range of pupils in the Balham area. We have a very strong staff team at the school who continue to challenge themselves to deliver the very best for the pupils and community they serve.”