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Roundstone Preparatory School Closed April 8, 2012

Roundstone Preparatory School
Courtfield House
Polebarn Road

phone: 01225 *** ***

headteacher: Mrs M Pearce

school holidays: via Wiltshire council

— Other Independent School

Establishment type
Other Independent School
Establishment #
Open date
April 8, 1958
Close date
April 8, 2012
Reason closed
OSGB coordinates
Easting: 385975, Northing: 157832
GPS coordinates
Latitude: 51.319, Longitude: -2.2026
Accepting pupils
4—11 years old
Region › Const. › Ward
South West › South West Wiltshire › Trowbridge Park
Urban > 10k - less sparse
Admissions policy

rooms to rent in Trowbridge

Schools nearby

  1. 0.4 miles Paxcroft Primary School BA147EB (299 pupils)
  2. 0.4 miles Larkrise School BA147EB (81 pupils)
  3. 0.5 miles Margaret Stancomb Nursery and Infants' School BA148PB
  4. 0.5 miles Newtown Community Primary School BA140BB (199 pupils)
  5. 0.5 miles Newtown Junior School BA140BB
  6. 0.5 miles Trinity Infant School BA140BB
  7. 0.5 miles Trowbridge Longmeadow Primary School BA147HE
  8. 0.5 miles Oasis Academy Longmeadow BA147HE (125 pupils)
  9. 0.6 miles Young People's Support Service BA140AU
  10. 0.6 miles Trowbridge Parochial Church of England Junior School BA148TE
  11. 0.6 miles St John's Catholic Primary School, Trowbridge BA149EA (307 pupils)
  12. 0.6 miles Bellefield Primary and Nursery School BA148TE (316 pupils)
  13. 0.7 miles Castle Mead School BA146GD
  14. 0.8 miles Holbrook Primary School BA140PS (224 pupils)
  15. 0.8 miles The John of Gaunt School BA149EH
  16. 0.8 miles St Augustine's Catholic College BA149EN
  17. 0.8 miles St Augustine's Catholic College BA149EN (953 pupils)
  18. 0.8 miles The John of Gaunt School BA149EH (1262 pupils)
  19. 0.9 miles Walwayne Court School BA149DU (285 pupils)
  20. 0.9 miles The Clarendon College BA140DJ
  21. 0.9 miles The Clarendon Academy BA140DJ (987 pupils)
  22. 1 mile The Mead Community Primary School BA147GN
  23. 1 mile The Mead Community Primary School BA147GN (505 pupils)
  24. 1.1 mile Grove Primary School BA140JG (379 pupils)

List of schools in Trowbridge

For use from April 2009

Roundstone Preparatory


Independent School

Inspection report

DCSF Registration Number 865/6017
Unique Reference Number 126529
Inspection number 333842
Inspection dates 8–9 July 2009
Reporting inspector

Daniel Towl HMI

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Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


Purpose and scope of the inspection

This inspection was carried out by Ofsted under Section 162A of the Education Act
2002, as amended, the purpose of which is to advise the Secretary of State for
Children, Schools and Families about the school’s suitability for continued registration
as an independent school.

Information about the school

Roundstone Preparatory School, near the centre of Trowbridge, was established in
1910. It is has two main buildings one of which is semi-detached property,
accommodating the Early Years Foundation Stage; a reception class of seven
children. The other, which is adjacent, is a listed building. There is a large garden
and orchard. There are 47 pupils on roll, aged 4 – 11 years, who have a wide range
of abilities though none identified by the school as having learning difficulties and/or
disabilities. The school was last inspected in September 2006.

Evaluation of the school

Roundstone provides a satisfactory education for its pupils. It has a particular
strength in providing an environment in which pupils can develop into well-rounded
and confident young people. Pupils make good progress with their reading, speaking
and listening. Overall, teaching and the curriculum are satisfactory but assessment is
not used effectively to measure progress and plan further activities. Children in the
Early Years Foundation Stage learn and develop well, making good progress both
personally and academically, but the overall provision for the youngest children is
inadequate because some aspects of the school’s welfare, health and safety are
unsatisfactory and require improvement. Since the last inspection the school has
made some important improvements in its procedures to safeguard pupils and to
upgrade the condition of the premises. Procedures to appoint new staff have
improved but some additional staff records are required. It is clear, from the Ofsted
parent questionnaires, that most parents are supportive of the school.

Quality of education

The curriculum is satisfactory overall and good in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Most subjects of the National Curriculum are included in Key Stages 1 and 2. The
curriculum meets all requirements. Basic skills have a high priority. This leads to
pupils making good progress with their reading and speaking skills, the latter
significantly enhanced through additional speech, drama and dance activities where
pupils successfully gain national qualifications. There are satisfactory schemes of
work for the curriculum that is provided, though short-term teaching plans lack
sufficient detail. Appropriate use is made of national guidance and commercial
schemes and these ensure that pupils’ activities are age appropriate. Pupils write for
a range of purposes including stories, reports and poetry and most make satisfactory
progress in this area. There are missed opportunities to further develop pupils’

Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


writing skills, especially in Key Stage 2, where there is too much copying of text in
subjects such as science, history and geography rather than pupils using their own
ideas and developing their writing skills.
Pupils make satisfactory progress in mathematics. They become very confident with
arithmetic calculations and some pupils reach above nationally expected levels by the
time they leave, having made good progress. There are only limited opportunities to
develop investigative skills in both mathematics and science. Most pupils gain a good
grasp of knowledge and facts in history, geography and science. They successfully
explore a range of art techniques and materials, though skills of model making are
underdeveloped in the older pupils. Regular lessons using information and
communication technology are well organised and pupils achieve the levels they
should do. The curriculum in the Early Years Foundation Stage enables children to
make good progress in key areas and they are well prepared to enter Year 1. A
suitable range of visits and excursions enhances the curriculum, though some
parents would like to see a greater range of visits and activities. There are a number
of after school clubs and a satisfactory range of visits to places of interest, including
museums, public services such as the police and fire service and a residential
outdoor pursuit centre. There is a programme of personal social and health
education for all year groups.
The quality of teaching and assessment is satisfactory, but variable across the
school, especially in Key Stage 2. While some teaching is good there is also some
that is inadequate. Teaching in the Early Years Foundation Stage is good. The small
classes and general very positive ethos of the school means that pupils and staff
have good and respectful relationships. Teachers know their pupils well. Pupils like
the small classes and welcome the opportunities for individual help that are available.
In nearly all lessons pupils have good chances to offer ideas through question and
answer sessions. A well led discussion in a religious education lesson allowed pupils
to be thoughtful in their responses about comparing religions and in an art lesson
pupils were successfully encouraged to observe carefully and self assess their work.
In these better lessons pupils made good progress.
Teachers have high expectations of pupils’ behaviour. In the observed lessons
behaviour was good. In some classes a few pupils have a tendency to shout out an
answer or talk across other pupils. While activities in lessons are appropriate they are
not always well planned and organised effectively to make the best use of the time
available. This means that pupils are not as productive as they could be and
therefore make less progress than they should. The school uses its own
examinations twice per year to measure pupils’ achievements and a nationally
standardised test is used to check reading ages. However, information from
assessment is not systematically used to measure the on-going progress and to
inform lesson planning. There are weekly tests of spelling and multiplication tables.
Teachers regularly mark pupils’ work, though not always with helpful comments to
show what the next steps in learning might be. Not all marking is accurate. While
resources are adequate some sets of text books are rather old. Teaching in the Early

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Years Foundation Stage is good and has been maintained since the last inspection.
Activities are well planned and meet the needs of the children who make good

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils

The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils is good. Moral and
social development of pupils is a strength of the school. By the time, they leave in
Year 6 pupils have developed into well-rounded individuals. This good personal
development starts with the youngest children where they join well together in
groups and make friends. Regular assemblies successfully develop pupils’ self esteem
through celebrating achievements and enabling pupils to make presentations, for
example recounting a recent residential visit. Older pupils take on responsibilities for
supporting younger pupils and have opportunities to act as house captains and vice-
captains. Further opportunities such as the chance to learn about first aid are good
additions to the curriculum and contribute well to developing pupils’ self esteem,
confidence and understanding of keeping safe. Behaviour is mostly good. This is an
important contribution to the school community. The premises have a number of
narrow staircases and interlinking corridors and rooms and the good conduct around
the school helps to make it a safe and supportive environment. Pupils mix very well
at break times and they told inspectors that they enjoyed school and like learning,
although they would like more sport and better opportunities to have their voice
heard in order to put forward their views and ideas. Attendance is good and this
confirms that pupils enjoy being at the school.
Pupils visit a local residence for the elderly and donate both money and Christmas
boxes to charity. Recently pupils took part in a ‘walk for water’ to raise money. Pupils
learn about other faiths and religions in religious education. Through their studies in
geography pupils learn about other countries and cultures. Opportunities to link with
and learn more about the range of cultures in the United Kingdom are more limited.
The focus on learning basic skills of English, mathematics and information and
communication technology alongside pupils’ good social and moral development
prepares them well for their next steps and future economic well-being.

Welfare, health and safety of the pupils

Welfare, health and safety arrangements are inadequate. The school has
satisfactory policies to prevent bullying and promote good behaviour which are
implemented effectively. Pupils say that they are not concerned about bullying and
believe staff deal adequately with any issues. Procedures for child protection meet
requirements and are followed diligently. The child protection coordinator has
attended a wide range of training and has in turn trained all staff. During break times
pupils are well supervised, as they are when they have lessons in the school
grounds. The school is aware that it needs to further restrict the exit from the
outside play area used by children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Pupils say

Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


they feel safe and that there is member of staff they could talk to if they felt
concerned about anything.
A detailed and comprehensive fire-safety risk assessment has been completed and
meets requirements. Fire drills are undertaken regularly. Appropriate checks have
been carried out on portable electrical goods and fire fighting appliances. Further risk
assessments for general health and safety matters have been completed but they
require updating. Insufficient attention has been given to ensuring that hazards
relating to the on-site swimming pool have been adequately minimised. Risk
assessments already undertaken do not take appropriate account of on-going pool
maintenance and its unrestricted access.
Pupils are encouraged to keep healthy. There are regular physical education lessons
and swimming in the summer. Pupils learn about healthy eating and living in their
science and personal, social and health education lessons. Pupils are also
encouraged to eat healthy meals and snacks and mostly they do. Many pupils have
fruit at break times. There is a range of small sports apparatus, available at break
times, but older pupils say that they would like more age appropriate equipment and
more opportunities to play football.
Several staff have suitable training in first aid but the school does not store
medicines securely and some first aid kits do not all have basic items.
The school has a three year plan that fulfils its obligations under the Disability
Discrimination Act (2002).

Suitability of the proprietor and staff

Since the last inspection the school has improved its written procedures for
appointing staff but it still lacks clarity about checking medical fitness to teach. The
school has, however, fulfilled all regulations relating to the information required for
the single staff register, which includes criminal record checks.

School’s premises and accommodation

The Grade II listed building poses significant and on-going challenges for the
proprietor in order to maintain the buildings in a suitable condition. Some important
improvements have been made since the last inspection. Pupils’ toilets have been
upgraded. Pupils are very pleased about this and welcome the changes. Flooring has
been improved, but the school is aware that there is still more to do. Arrangements
are in hand to improve the floor covering in part of the Early Years Foundation Stage
area. Lighting too has been improved in some areas.
The outdoor environment provides good opportunities for outdoor learning and small
games. Pupils successfully grow vegetables and flowers and Year 2 pupils enjoyed
weighing a range of natural objects outdoors. Classrooms, while small, are adequate

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for the numbers of pupils and there is a variety of small rooms suitable for practical
and small group activities. The information and communication technology suite
continues to offer good provision. The main hall is a good space for indoor physical
education, assemblies and productions. There are now adequate arrangements for
pupils who are ill.
In some parts of the school the decoration requires attention and improvement,
particularly the state of the painting of some walls and ceilings where there is loose
plaster. Not all upstairs windows have restricted opening and some areas of the
school both inside and out are cluttered with stored resources and garden debris.

Provision of information for parents, carers and others

The school meets all requirements in this aspect of its work. Parents of children in
the Early Years Foundation Stage have regular daily contact with the teacher. The
prospectus provides clear information about its aims and policies. Parents receive
two reports each year and can meet with teachers twice per year and at the summer
open day. Most parents are satisfied with the information they receive.

Procedures for handling complaints

Procedures for handling complaints are satisfactory and meet requirements.

Effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage

Despite the good educational provision, the overall effectiveness of the Early Years
Foundation Stage is inadequate because school health and safety risk assessments
have not been updated and do not fully take into consideration the hazards of the
unrestricted access to the swimming pool. There is too much reliance on supervision
by staff to maintain children’s safety when they are in the outdoor learning area
because the exit is not sufficiently restricted.
Management of curriculum, teaching, learning and assessment is good.
Children enjoy their time at school and make good progress. There are well planned
learning opportunities which fulfil all the requirements of the curriculum. The
curriculum meets the needs of the children who are actively engaged in their
learning. Children’s speaking, listening and reading skills develop well and they have
a good sense of what they are learning. All children make good progress in their
personal development. Staff have a good understanding of the children’s needs.
Good links are made with parents. The main Early Years Foundation Stage teacher
has attended training about the recent changes to this area of education. Procedures
to meet safeguarding regulations comply with requirements.

Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


Compliance with regulatory requirements

The school meets all of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England)
Regulations 2003 as amended (“the Regulations”), with the exception of those listed
The school does not meet all requirements in respect of the curriculum (standard 1)
and must:

 ensure that lesson planning has more detail to maximise the learning

opportunities and manage time wisely so that pupils are working productively
all the time (paragraph 1(3)(c))

 ensure that teachers show a good understanding of the aptitudes, needs and

prior attainments of the pupils, and that they take these into account when
planning lessons (paragraph 1(3)(d))

 put in place a framework to assess pupils' work regularly and thoroughly and

use the information from this assessment to plan teaching so that pupils can
make progress (paragraph 1(3)(g)).

The school does not meet all requirements in respect of Welfare Health and Safety
(standard 3) and must:

 update and improve risk assessments generally, including the Early Years

Foundation Stage outside play area and ensure that a full risk assessment and
the hazardous aspects related to the swimming pool are dealt with promptly
(paragraph 3(4))

 ensure that medicines are stored securely (paragraph 3(6)).

The school does not meet all requirements in respect of suitability of proprietor and
staff (standard 4) and must:

 ensure that the procedures for the appointment of staff include checking

medical fitness to teach.

The school does not meet all requirements in respect of the premises and
accommodation (standard 5) and must:

 ensure that the areas identified below do not compromise health or safety;

- access to the swimming pool
- the outdoor area for the Early Years Foundation Stage
- the openings of all upstairs windows
(paragraph 5(j)).

Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


 improve the quality of decoration where needed (paragraph 5(q)).

Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


Inspection Judgement Recording Form





The quality of education

Overall quality of education

How well the curriculum and other activities meet the range of needs and interests
of pupils

How effective teaching and assessment are in meeting the full range of pupils’ needs

How well pupils make progress in their learning

Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

Quality of provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

The behaviour of pupils

Welfare, health and safety of pupils

The overall welfare, health and safety of pupils

The quality of the Early Years Foundation Stage provision

How effectively are children in the Early Years Foundation Stage helped to learn and

How well do children achieve in the Early Years Foundation Stage relative to their
starting points and capabilities?

How good are the personal development and well-being of children in the Early
Years Foundation Stage?

What is the quality of welfare, health and safety of children in the Early Years
Foundation Stage?

How effectively is the provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage led and

What is the overall effectiveness of the Early Years Foundation Stage including,
where relevant, the quality of childcare?

Inspection Report: Roundstone Preparatory School, 8-9 July 2009


School details

Name of school Roundstone Preparatory School
DCSF number 865/6017
Unique reference number 126529
Type of school Primary day school
Status Independent
Date school opened 1910
Age range of pupils 4-11
Gender of pupils Mixed
Number on roll (part-time pupils) Boys: 24 Girls: 23 Total: 47
Annual fees (day pupils) Infants £3750

Juniors £4050

Telephone number 01225 752847
Email address reveal email: adm…
Headteacher Mrs Mary Pearce
Proprietor Mrs Mary Pearce
Reporting inspector Daniel Towl HMI
Dates of inspection 8–9 July 2009

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