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Posted on: 11/02/2022

Ofsted report strong culture of learning at TWGSB

At our most recent inspection, Ofsted reported that TUNBRIDGE WELLS GRAMMAR SCHOOL for BOYS students ‘love coming to school and achieve well’ and that ‘a strong culture of learning and achievement runs through the school’.


On 24 and 25th November 2021 Ofsted visited for a Section 8 inspection* with the outcome that Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys continues to be a good school. The report finds that students are proud to be part of a harmonious community, they feel safe and well cared for and that students approach all aspects of school life with maturity.

Inspectors met with the Headteacher, senior leaders, staff, students, five governors including the Chair of the Governing Body, and a representative from Kent County Council. They carried out deep dives in English, mathematics, geography and history. For each deep dive, Inspectors met with subject leaders, looked at curriculum plans, visited a sample of lessons, spoke to teachers, spoke to some students about their learning and looked at a sample of students’ work.

Inspectors considered a well-supported student online survey of 746 responses and talked to a range of students informally during social times and in lessons, to discuss their views about the school. They also took account of the 455 responses to Ofsted’s Parent View questionnaire and the 282 additional free-text responses.

Not only were the Ofsted Inspectors impressed with the school, we are delighted that parents are too, with one parent echoing the thoughts of many by saying, ‘I could not recommend this school more highly, the children are thriving,’ and an overwhelming majority of parents agreeing that their child is happy at the school.

The Inspectors recognised the ambitious school leadership and rich, broad and challenging curriculum, where the important knowledge students should learn, and the order in which they should learn it, is clearly set out. They also noted that many teachers use their expert subject knowledge to spark students’ curiosity and deepen their understanding.

Headteacher Amanda Simpson says, ‘It is no surprise to us that the inspection team were blown away by our student body: how well rounded our students are, articulate, well-mannered and utterly proud of their school.’ She went on to reflect ‘The feedback received from this inspection will assist us on our continued drive to be even better. Our school vision is to be ‘the best selective boys’ school in West Kent’ and our aim of ‘All Round Excellence’ continues to drive us forward. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredible staff body, who have worked and continue to work tirelessly at being the best that we can possibly be each and every day. The staff have been phenomenal and this report reflects their hard work and dedication.’


*Section 8 of the Education Act 2005 states that when Ofsted has judged a school to be good, they will normally go into the school about once every four years to confirm that the school remains good. No graded judgements are given as part of the inspection and if evidence is found that a school would now receive a different grade, then the next inspection will be a section 5 (full) inspection. Usually this is within one to two years of the date of the section 8 inspection.