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31 Jan 2017
Accolade of Excellence for Boarding Provision at St George's School

boarding house compressedFor the fifth consecutive time, St George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh, has been awarded the highest grade of excellent across all areas of assessment in a report produced by the Care Inspectorate following a recent inspection of their boarding provision.

Since 2008, the school has been awarded the grade of excellent for each of the quality indicators under inspection. In the concluding section of the latest report no specific areas were identified for improvement and the inspectorate were pleased with the process of on-going self-evaluation that they could see is integral to the way St George’s works.  

All of our boarding inspections are unannounced. This one focused on two key factors: ‘quality of care and support’; and ‘quality of environment’. Across both categories the inspectors awarded the boarding house the highest grade of excellent – a clear reflection of the high standards adhered to across the whole school.

Mrs Alex Hems, who took over as Head in January says, “We are delighted that the Care Inspectorate’s report has acknowledged the excellent work done by our staff in the boarding house. We aim to create a 'home-from-home' environment where our girls feel supported and secure so they can develop into all that they want to be academically, socially and emotionally. This is something that has always been key to the ethos of St George’s.”

Alex Hems joins St George’s from her post of Deputy Head at Wycombe Abbey School, a highly acclaimed girls’ boarding school. Mrs Hems has spent twenty years working in leading UK girls’ schools. She has held senior positions at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Francis Holland School and  North London Collegiate School.

Boarders at St George’s live in Houldsworth House, which is situated at the edge of the school grounds in the leafy suburb of Ravelston.  The boarding house has provision for just under 60 boarders, aged 11 to 18 years. Current boarders are equally split between UK pupils and other nationalities making it a diverse, international community.

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