A WINCHESTER college has been rated ‘outstanding’ in every aspect of its boarding provision.

Peter Symonds has maintained its rating, since a previous inspection in October 2015.

Inspectors noted that “boarders live in a supportive and inclusive community which enriches their experiences and positively influences their development,.”

Part of their report said: “Boarders are extremely positive about their boarding experience. They commented on it being “like a big family”, helping to develop their independence, confidence and to take responsibility for themselves.”

The College’s Student Support services also received high praise, with another part of the report reading: “The support given by staff applies to all aspects of boarders’ lives. They recognise and respond effectively to boarders’ individual needs.

“Exceptional support services help students manage difficulties and develop resilience.”

The college has two boarding houses including Falkland Lodge which caters for students from the Falkland Islands.

Principal Sarah Russell said: “What makes these boarding inspections especially revealing is the way that they look at care and support for all students. We are thrilled that the inspection team recognised the quality of the support here.”

The inspection also highlighted the quality of boarding provision’s staff, noting that ‘ambitious and aspirational leadership is reflected in a culture of high expectation’ and that they ‘motivate students to achieve to the best of their abilities.’

Julia West, head of boarding, said: “Our staff work together as a highly committed and caring team.”