Whissendine Primary School ‘one of best state schools’

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A primary school in Rutland is a beacon of excellence for preparing children “for the real world”, a high society magazine says.

Whissendine Primary School was described as ‘the creme de la creme of the British state system’ in the guide to the country’s state schools in Tatler.

Its introduction to the guide points out that it costs about £600,000 to put two children through the private system, and asks: ‘Is private really superior? Not always, not any more.’

Whissendine was described as “a beacon of exceptional practice in all areas of its work”, by Ofsted, which classed the school as “outstanding” for three consecutive inspections.

Executive head Rob Gooding, who is also responsible for St Nicholas in Cottesmore and Ketton primary schools said being cited as one of the best in the Tatler guide was “a lovely 
New Year surprise.”

He added: “Some of the things that makes us special include our dedicated staff and our personalised approach to learning.

“Our children are encouraged to be creative, collaborate with each other and try new experiences.”

That includes an ‘enrichment’ programme on Fridays when all pupils are encouraged to explore additional subjects such as dance, archery, journalism and drama.

Mr Gooding, who has been head at Whissendine Primary for nine years, said. “The partnership helps make all three schools much 

“We would not have been able to achieve this accolade if we were not in a federation,”

The Tatler guide recognises that some state schools have “spanking-new buildings, strong discipline, sporting rigour and academic ambition.”

It cited a range of benefits of state schooling, including: “Your child gets a better preparation for the real world, the one where not everything is handed to them on a sterling-silver platter, where there is a cosmopolitan mix, where you will have to fight to get to the top.

“And best of all, when you do finally get into the Cabinet, everyone will love you because you didn’t go to Eton.”

Naming 20 secondaries and 10 primaries, the guide concludes: “So here they are, the crème de la crème of the British state system.

“Do everything you can to get your children a place at one of these schools - you will not regret it.”

Bourne Grammar School was among the secondary schools listed in the guide.