A SCHOOL once left struggling to escape special measures has seen its fortunes turn just one term after being taken over by a global education giant. 

Reddam House in Wokingham, formerly Bearwood College, has recently been rated as outstanding by the Independent Schools Inspectorate after it was taken over by new leaders in 2015. 

With schools in places as far afield as Australia and South Africa, the Reddam House brand has managed to turn the school around in just one term and was rated 'excellent' in five out of eight categories judged by the inspectorate, the equivalent of Ofsted for private schools. 

The schools credits its 'globally aware approach' for its success.
Head of the senior school, Toby Mullins, said the excellent rating after just one term was ''unexpected" and added: "It's quite rare to be rated outstanding and it's almost unheard of after your first term.

"It just shows our commitment to excellence right from the start."

He added that achievement and exam results were one of the areas to be improved upon, but expected results to rise as new students move through the school.

Mr Mullins and colleague Tammy Howard, the head of early learning, joined the school in September 2015 after most of the original teaching staff were replaced. 

The early learning provision in particular was praised by the inspectors as excellent and Ms Howard said it was due to the specially-designed environment coupled with Reddam House's 'unique philosophy'.

She added: "It was designed by an architect and an early years specialist to make sure it's the best area as possible for a child.

"Into that is the very unique philosophy very much based around the child as the centre of everything that goes on. A feature of the school is the children are very, very happy to be here and a lot of the work we do is about raising there self-esteem, it's about nurturing the children."

Reddam House Berkshire caters for day and boarding schools for boys and girls from three months to 18 years old, it currently has 354 pupils enrolled. 
The former Bearwood College was founded in 1827 but was bought out by the Reddam House group in 2014.