The Regent School has been judged an ‘Outstanding Schiol’ by a team of British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspectors commissioned by the UK Department for Education (DfE) in England to inspect and accredit British international schools outside of the UK.
To be recognised by the DfE, a British school overseas must have an inspection report which shows that their performance against all the BSO standards is at least satisfactory. This reflects the standards required for continuing registration as a school in England.
The Regent School was adjudged ‘outstanding’ after a rigorous inspection. This is the first and only school in Nigeria and West Africa to achieve the status.
The school was rated ‘outstanding’ for offering excellent quality of teaching and learning, innovative curriculum, visionary leadership and governance, standardised assessment, excellent child protection and safeguarding practices and top-end educational facilities.
The Regent Primary School, Abuja was founded in 2000 to provide a British-style education of high quality to Nigerian children, and to the children of expatriates living and working in Abuja.
At an event organised on Monday to celebrate the achievement, the headmaster, Mr Joe Labuschagne, said that the remarkable accomplishment was as a result of the team work of his staff as well as four years of planning and preparation.
According to him, achieving a BSO outstanding rating was by no means an easy walk.
The event was attended by staff and parents of the school as well members of the diplomatic community. In a symbolic gesture, the headmaster presented the proprietress, Mrs. Amsa AbdulRazaq, a plaque as a memorabilia representing the inspection report.
AbdulRazaq in her remarks, said, “We are extremely delighted that our objective of being a top-class school has been achieved with a resounding confirmation by the UK Government through the Department for Education (DfE).”
The Chief Inspector, PENTA International, Dr. Mark Evans, noted that the school “is a friendly and vibrant school that provides a very high standard of education and care. It has made excellent progress since the last BSO inspection.”
Explaining the achievement, the Head of Assessment and qualified BSO Inspector in the school, Mr. Akin Alufa, said schools that are judged outstanding have stringent criteria to meet. They must cross all t’s and dot all the I’s in all ramifications.