Tatler rates Dunchurch school in top UK guide

Members of Dunchurch Boughton CofE Junior School's school council
Members of Dunchurch Boughton CofE Junior School's school council

A Dunchurch primary school has been named one of the top state schools in the country by an upmarket lifestyle magazine.

Dunchurch Boughton CofE Junior School, in Dew Close, was one of 12 primary schools which featured in Tatler’s second ever ‘state schools guide’.

The magazine claimed “the right school isn’t always the most expensive one” and encouraged parents to explore their options when it came to education.

Tatler covers the lifestyle, politics and fashion of high-society.

The 300-year-old magazine’s list of 12 primary and 22 secondary state schools said choices were based on a range of factors including academic results, facilities and quality of teaching.

Dunchurch Boughton CofE Junior School’s headteacher, Andrew Wardle, said it was good to see state schools being recognised for their quality and service to the community.

“We’re very pleased that people like what they see,” he said.

“It’s nice to be selected but we are very similar to the great majority of state schools and provide similar standards of education and opportunities for children.”

Mr Wardle added: “I think it shows that the system is in good health and I’m very pleased with the quality of teaching, services and opportunities we offer here.

“The staff do a fantastic job.”

The Dunchurch school was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its last inspection.

Schools in London, Hampshire, Bath, and Edinburgh also featured in the guide.

Georgina Blackwell, editor of the Tatler schools guide, said: “We use a number of researchers for the guide and base our decision on whether a school is included on a whole range of factors – from exam results and facilities, to that all-important, indefinable Tatler ‘buzz’.”