Tenerife – the island renowned for glorious sunshine, wonderful quality of living and … world-class education?
Not the first thing you think about when Tenerife is mentioned but did you know that this island of eternal spring also has one of the best schools in the world?
After an intensive 3 day inspection, a team of BSO inspectors from PENTA, representing the UK Department for Education, have just declared Wingate School to be “An outstanding school in every aspect” firmly cementing its place amongst the top schools in the world.
A very proud moment for a school with pretty humble beginnings.
Wingate has always been considered to be a Good School, easily passing every 4 year obligatory inspection by NABSS (The National Association of British Schools in Spain). However, 4 years ago, they switched to a more internationally recognised and rigorous inspection under BSO(British Schools Overseas), and astounded inspectors by being one of the few schools to achieve a “Good” status in their very first inspection. “Despite exceeding expectations, we were not prepared to sit back and bask in the glory of Good School status, we knew we could do better,” says Jonathan Green, the current CEO. “We owe it to our pupils to be the best we can be.”
This certificate, proclaiming the school to be “Outstanding in every category”, places the school among the Top 60 International British Schools in the world, and in the top 5 in the whole of Spain.
Martyn Howells, the school’s current Headmaster, acknowledged that “The Inspection was a very intense process but it gave Wingate an opportunity to demonstrate the vision of the school from the leaders as well as the excellent practice that happens in the classroom between students and teachers and a truly magnificent result overall.”
The full report can be read on the “About Us” page, but to summarise; The school achieved the top marks possible in all the possible categories.
These categories are outlined below
• The quality of education provided by the school – OUTSTANDING
• Curriculum – OUTSTANDING
• Teaching and assessment – OUTSTANDING
• Standards achieved by pupils – OUTSTANDING
• The spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of pupils – OUTSTANDING
• The welfare, health, and safety of pupils – OUTSTANDING
• The provision of information for parents, carers, and others – OUTSTANDING
• Leadership and management of the school – OUTSTANDING