The Gower School has been a recognised Montessori school since the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board launched its accreditation scheme in 2008. Accreditation means the school must have qualified Montessori staff, well-resourced Montessori classrooms, the Montessori ethos runs throughout the school, a three hour daily work cycle for children to make choices in their learning, a focus on children’s independence and a strong partnership working with parents. The Gower School underwent the re-accreditation process successfully in 2013 and 2016.
The 2016 accreditation reports about The Gower School Montessori Nursery and Primary said:”The learning and development of the children is outstanding. This includes achievement in sports and the creative arts as well as academically…Children feel motivated and challenged in a stimulating way.””Classes are managed exceptionally well at The Gower School….The ratio enables children to benefit from 1:1 and small group attention and contributes to the positive management of children’s classroom behaviour, which is exceptionally good.”
“Throughout the year, there are many opportunities for children to access the wealth of cultural and sporting experiences the local area has to offer, including music recitals and theatre trips. The overwhelming impression is that children at The Gower School thoroughly enjoy learning in its broadest sense.”
“From their start here as babies, just beginning to be mobile, they progress to be independent, self-motivated learners, confident in their own ability to do things for themselves and to help others.”
“The children are very happy and exceptionally well-behaved….[There is] a calm, purposeful atmosphere throughout the school… the classrooms are purposeful places, buzzing with the quiet hum of activity.”
“The emphasis on personal, social and emotional development is at the core of a child’s well-being at this setting…Children are well known by the adults who support them and they are treated with respect, courtesy and warmth.”
“The school establishes excellent partnerships with parents….The practice in this area is outstanding.”