Bridgewater Middle School in Berkhamsted rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

editorial image

A SCHOOL has been rated outstanding by Ofsted – and about time too, says its headteacher.

Bridgewater Middle School in Bridle Way was visited by the education inspectors just two days before it was due to host the Berkhamsted Games.

But despite frantic preparations for the mini-Olympics for every school in the area, it still scored top marks in four categories during the inspection on Tuesday, July 3.

The rating comes after stricter rules were introduced by Ofsted in January.

Headteacher Rachel Swaffield said: “Nationally schools have come down and it’s much, much harder to get outstanding under the new regime.”

But she said the rules also made it easier for inspectors to accurately judge middle schools.

She said: “We felt a certain sense of injustice last time as we were expecting to get outstanding. We felt a little bit hard done by.”

The school, last inspected in 2006, has now been ranked outstanding for teaching, children’s achievement, behaviour and safety and leadership and management.