Two pupils sat in racing cars with four pupils pushing the racing cars outside of Red House School in Norton.

We are delighted that Red House School has been officially rated ‘Excellent’, the highest rating, in both categories following its inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The glowing report commended Red House on being fully compliant with respect to all regulatory standards and educational quality, which includes the achievements of pupils and academic development and personal development. The report acknowledged the exceptional standards of teaching and learning.

The key findings stated were:

“The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.”

  • “The pupils make exceptional progress, with all subjects adding value at GCSE, including for pupils with SEND.”
  • “The pupils achieve notable success in sports with many individuals and teams achieving county and national honours.”
  • “The pupils demonstrate excellent communication skills from the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) onwards.”
  • “Pupils demonstrate their numeracy most effectively in mathematics and in many other subject areas.”

“The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.”

  • “The social collaboration of pupils in and beyond the curriculum is extremely well-developed.”
  • “Pupils have a mature sense of responsibility for their own actions.”
  • “Pupils demonstrate considerable self-understanding aided by the recently developed mindfulness programme.”
  • “Pupils readily show respect and support for those with different backgrounds and characteristics.”

Dr Rebecca Ashcroft, Head of Red House, said:

“The Lead Inspector, Dr Christopher Ray, former High Master of The Manchester Grammar School, has inspected a significant number of schools and has a clear view on what is ‘Excellent’. I am delighted that he saw excellence at Red House School.”

Our holistic approach was also highly praised:

“The leadership and governance of the school maintains a strong focus upon holistic education, aiming to develop the whole child.”

“The care and respect pupils have for each other is strongly evident in the life of the school, within and across year groups. Pupils say that the school feels like an extended family which binds them together in friendship.”

“Pupils of all ages, abilities and needs are highly self-confident and self-assured without a trace of arrogance”.

Red House School, which has recently been recognised once again as the top school in the whole of the North in its category in the 2022 Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ list, was also highly praised for its unique mindfulness programme. Dr Ashcroft added:

“We believe learning how to be emotionally aware and resilient are important building blocks to help pupils throughout their educational journey and life beyond Red House. This is just one example of the unique family environment we pride ourselves on.”

There is currently an unprecedented level of interest in Red House School. Some of our year groups are almost full and some now have a waiting list. Early registration is highly recommended for families wishing to join us. For further information please contact:

Claire Bellerby, Head of Admissions
T: 01642 558119

You can also request a prospectus, request a call back or arrange a tour.

Prospective families are very welcome to attend one of our open events which are held every term. Our next Open Morning is Saturday 24 September 9am – 12 noon. To attend the event please complete the booking form and Claire Bellerby will contact you to confirm the time of your tour. Please be aware that only families who have registered in advance will be able to attend and the number of tours available is limited.

The full inspection report can be viewed by clicking here.

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