Kensington Wade Prep school, situated in the heart of Kensington, opened in September 2017 and has already been rated outstanding by Ofsted.
Following a full inspection, Ofsted described the school as ‘unique and inspirational’.
It is unusual for a new school to be given the highest possible inspection rating, but this is even more remarkable as Kensington Wade is the first of a new brand of school – an English/Chinese dual language immersion school where children spend half their day in an English classroom and the other half in a Chinese classroom.
Inspectors praised the way that English and Chinese teachers worked together to ensure excellent continuity between the two classrooms.
Head Mrs Jo Wallace is delighted with the news:
“The whole team is thrilled with our Ofsted report since it serves as a testimony to the hard work which has gone in to setting up such an exceptional and ambitious learning environment for our pupils. It shows that this school has a bright future.”
The progress of children, many of whom do not come from Chinese-speaking families, in both English and Chinese was described as excellent and the report confirmed that parents are overwhelmingly happy with all aspects of the school.
One parent commented on the report: “While none of us needed any external validation of how incredible the school and the staff is, as we can all see it in the progress and happiness level of our children, I can only imagine how fabulous it must feel to get this third-party seal of approval.”
Kensington Wade has attracted a high level of interest both here and in China and prides itself on being a truly international school with a global outlook. The recent findings from the Ofsted reflect the comments from Sir Anthony Seldon who described the school as, “the most exciting school in the country”.
‘Despite being a new school with ambitious ideas, Kensington Wade has answered all my previous doubts and exceeded all my expectations.’
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