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Two Boats School: Good with Outstanding Features – Officially

19 February 2015


Provision at Two Boats School is at least good in all areas, with many excellent features. These are the findings of School Inspection Service, one of the contractors licensed by Ofsted to conduct inspections of British schools overseas.

The most important findings are:

  • Two Boats School is highly successful in meeting its aims
  • It provides a good education for its pupils, making use of its stimulating location
  • Commitment by staff to the interests and education of the pupils is paramount
  • Pupils’ behaviour is excellent
  • No teaching is less than good and a third of that observed was outstanding
  • The curriculum is good, and is broad and balanced
  • Pupils make good progress
  • Social and moral development of the pupils is excellent and their cultural and spiritual development is good
  • The school puts great emphasis on communication with parents
  • The school is very well led and managed
  • The school is well resourced
  • The school is successful in achieving high standards of performance
  • Strong emphasis is placed on safeguarding
  • Attention to the welfare, health and safety of pupils is excellent.

Following the very successful inspection last term, the UK Department for Education has confirmed British Schools Overseas status for Two Boats School and recognised that it complies with the required standards.  The school has also now been upgraded to Accredited Member status of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Two Boats is the only school in the South Atlantic to achieve these distinctions.

Headteacher, Mr David Blunt, welcomed the inspection findings; “Thank you again and congratulations to all the staff and pupils on this truly excellent report.  It is really good reading and presents a very fair picture of the school.  Thanks also to parents and Ascension Island Government colleagues for their support before and during the inspection process and continued commitment to the work of the school.”

 HH the Administrator Mr Marc Holland wrote to the Headteacher saying, “I would like to thank you and your team for the effort you put in over a number of months preparing for the inspection. The outcome of the review is a fantastic result for the school, the staff and the island. You should all be very proud.”

Cllr Cyril Leo, considering the report at the Island Council meeting on 5th February, said, “Congratulations (on the report) to you and your staff and I hope that it has brought reassurance to members of the public and parents of the good job that you are doing at the school”. Cllr Caroline Yon, Chair of the School Governor's Committee, wished to pass on congratulations on behalf of the SGC to all of the staff and pupils at the school for their dedication and effort in achieving such excellent results.

Read the full report here.