Boarding at Steyning Grammar School judged as ‘Outstanding’
5th November 2015

Steyning Grammar School has become the first, and as far as we know the only, State-Boarding School in the country to have its boarding provision judged as ‘Outstanding’ in all four areas under the new Ofsted Inspection criteria introduced in April 2015.

Ofsted inspect outcomes for boarders, the experience and progress of children and young people, quality of boarding care and support and the impact and effectiveness of leaders and managers. Steyning Grammar School has been identified as outstanding in all the above categories. This is the highest grade inspectors can give. Of particular note from the inspectors was “The inclusive community they have is a model for the world on how we can live in peace and harmony with each other.”

A delighted Headteacher, Mr Nick Wergan, said: “I am extremely proud of our Boarding staff and students. For the third time running we have been officially judged as Outstanding with no recommendations for improvement.”

Miss Danielle Cook, the Director of Boarding, was particularly pleased that inspectors recognised that: “The students are at the centre and core of everything the staff do which gives a very strong message to the incredible and individual support the students receive. Students make exceptional progress; they develop personal and social skills so they can represent themselves and the school to a very high standard. The excellent presentation and behaviour of students are an exemplar for others.”

“Being a part of SGS Boarding is a once in a life time experience! I’ve met so many great people from all over the world which gives me an opportunity to go travelling in the future. I have learnt so much about different cultures and people’s  ways of life, but at the same time I have learnt to become more independent and give a helping hand, especially to my younger ‘siblings’. My time here has definitely been short lived and in a couple months when it is time to say goodbye, I know the tears won’t hesitate to fall.” Vivienne Onamusi, Head Girl.

 “Ofsted’s assessment of ‘outstanding’ in my opinion is the manifestation of the personal aspirations and dynamics of amazing individuals, who travelled from all over the world  to live under the excellent personal care shown in Steyning’s quality boarding.” Nathan Chesney, Head Boy  

Mr Robinson, parent writes: “We chose Steyning Grammar School for our daughter on the basis of gut feel. We thought she would be happy in a caring environment with a healthy atmosphere of self confidence. Young people who are happy, supported and given opportunity can achieve a lot and work out what makes them tick. I feel we have made a fortunate choice; I want a daughter with good values and resilience plus good results. Congratulations on making me feel that we have found the right place.”

Boarding is offered on a full and weekly basis for families who want peace of mind in securing their children’s education in a safe, rural environment.  There is a real sense of family amongst our 125 boarders across the age ranges and nationalities.  A committed team of house-parents live in each boarding house providing a strong support network. We are currently recruiting students for September 2016.


State boarding schools provide free tuition with modest fees for boarding.  For further information please visit the boarding section of our website If you would like to visit, receive further information or a tour of our facilities please call Mrs Plimmer on 01903 817601.


Admission to State Boarding Schools in the UK is limited to children who are nationals of the UK and are eligible to hold a full UK passport, or those who are nationals of other European Union countries or those who have the right of residence in the UK.


About Steyning Grammar School:

A thriving comprehensive day and boarding school for students ages 11-19 set in the beautiful
countryside of the South Downs, with close links to Brighton and the South Coast. The school has an intake in Year 7 and 9 and a successful Sixth Form College, offering both A Levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications.  Rated as ‘Good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted in February 2013, students are extremely keen to learn and this is reflected in good examination results.

Steyning Grammar School has had the proud tradition of boarding provision since 1614. It boasts some of the finest and most modern facilities of any state or private boarding school. Following a three day inspection by Ofsted in September 2015, SGS Boarding was once again judged as 'Outstanding'. Very few schools achieve such a judgement and SGS Boarding is the first Outstanding State Boarding School in the country to achieve this grade under the new inspection framework.  The inspection report reinforces the popularity of Steyning Grammar School as demand from the UK, as well as overseas, continues to rise. The education is free to parents and families with just the very modest boarding costs to cover.

Full details can be found on the school’s website

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