Gildredge House free school in Eastbourne has been rated as "Outstanding" by Ofsted, less than two years after opening. The all through (4-19) school received the top grade in all five inspection categories: overall effectiveness, leadership and management, behaviour and safety of pupils, quality of teaching, achievement of pupils and early years provision.
The lead inspector Dr Simon Hughes said the Head teacher Lea Gilbert was "an outstanding leader" who has "built a vibrant and inspiring learning community from the ground up in record time." He also said that staff are "extremely well qualified and those joining in September have similarly high levels of expertise and experience.
Gildredge House's "Outstanding" grade by means that 11 out of the 13- almost 85%- of all-through free schools have been judged "Good" or "Outstanding" in their first Ofsted inspection. Sarah Pearson, interim director of New Schools Network, said: "This fantastic result shows just how hard Gildredge House have worked since they opened in 2013. There are now more than 400 free schools opened or approved to open in England. With the Government committing to open another 500 new schools this is an exciting time and we hope more groups like Gildredge House will come forward with the expertise and passion to improve education for children in their local community."