Mander Portman Woodward


Name Mander Portman Woodward
Website http://www.mpw.ac.uk/locations/cambridge/
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 08 November 2016
Address 3/4 Brookside, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 1JE
Phone Number 01223350158
Type Independent
Age Range 14-20
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 234 (56% boys 44% girls)
Percentage Free School Meals 0%
Percentage English is Not First Language 0%

Information about this school

Mander Portman Woodward is a small independent college in the centre of Cambridge which caters for pupils in Years 10 and 11 and students up to the age of 20. Two other colleges operate in London and Birmingham. The college opened in 1987 and occupies two large linked Victorian houses and another house which is about five minutes away on foot from the main site. The college admits a number of pupils from abroad who live either in hostels or with a host family. All pupils have a legal guardian. Many pupils travel a considerable distance on a daily basis in order to attend the college. Foreign pupils are expected to have a high level of proficiency in English before they are admitted. The college has a below-average proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities. The college does not make use of any alternative provision. Pupils follow courses leading to GCSE, AS level, A level and the International Foundation Programme. Many pupils attend the college in order to retake their examinations.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is an outstanding school The college’s leaders and governors have maintained the high standards achieved at the time of the previous inspection. This is due to their high expectations and the excellent care, guidance and support they offer to pupils. The quality of teaching is outstanding because : it takes account of the needs of individual pupils exceptionally well and ensures that they make strong progress. Teachers’ excellent subject knowledge, along with pupils’ positive attitudes towards their learning, ensures that outcomes are outstanding. Teachers’ assessment of pupils’ work is rigorous and ensures that any gaps in their knowledge are quickly identified and addressed. The most able pupils achieve exceptionally well because they are challenged by the work they are given and encouraged to make good use of research skills. Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities achieve very well because : they are identified early on and provided with very high-quality support. The curriculum is well planned and provides pupils with an excellent choice of subjects in which to excel. The college provides a safe and secure environment in which pupils flourish. Bullying is extremely rare. Outstanding behaviour is the norm in this college. The sixth form is outstanding. Students make excellent progress and are very well prepared for the next stage of their educational career. Governors are rigorous in holding college leaders to account and in ensuring that safeguarding arrangements are robust. There is potential to develop pupils’ leadership more by giving them a ‘voice’. They do not contribute much to the college or local community. Pupils are presented with opportunities to read materials related to the subjects they are studying, but do not regularly read for pleasure. Compliance with regulatory requirements The school meets the requirements of the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (‘the independent standards’) and associated requirements.