Dame Alice Owen's School is Outstanding

22 January 2024

We are delighted to share that, following a recent inspection, Ofsted has judged Dame Alice Owen’s School Outstanding in all areas with no points for improvement.

This inspection, which was carried out on 5 and 6 December 2023, was the School’s first since it was last judged Outstanding in 2009. The report, which can be accessed here, shows just what a special place Owen’s is:

“Dame Alice Owen’s school is a wonderful place to come to learn. It supports pupils to become independent and resilient individuals. There is a palpable sense of community here, where pupils from all backgrounds thrive.

The school has high aspirations for its pupils. The curriculum is ambitious right from the very first day pupils arrive. Teachers are passionate about what they teach and the pupils enjoy what they learn. Teachers carefully think about the best way to teach all their pupils. This means that pupils achieve exceptionally well.

Expectations for behaviour are very high. Pupils say that it is ‘cool to do well here’. They show considerable enthusiasm for their learning. In all year groups, pupils are supportive of each other. Sixth-form students help their younger peers by practising reading with them.

Pupils can enjoy a high-quality range of opportunities. These include politics society, chess, chamber choir and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. These are very well attended by pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The school ensures that there are many ways in which every child can represent the school in music, sport and academic competitions.”

As Trustee, the Brewers’ Company could not be prouder of this extraordinary institution. We commend the hard work of Headteacher, Hannah Nemko, and her fantastic staff team, as well as the Governors, pupils and parents who together form the School community.