An unique free school which teaches students in English, French and German has been rated 'good' by Ofsted.

Europa School UK in Culham, near Didcot, was given the overall 'good' rating following an inspection by the education watchdog at the end of April.

The inspectors were particularly impressed by the sixth form provision, early years and the students’ personal development which were all graded 'outstanding'.

Inspectors said: “Pupils at this school are supported to become resilient, considerate and articulate individuals.”

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The sixth form, which is the only state funded sixth form in Oxfordshire following the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, was applauded for its expert teaching and high standards.

The school said students have achieved a 100 per cent pass mark and gone on to destinations including Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, King's College, St. Andrew’s, The Courtauld Institute of Art as well as universities across Europe.

The report said: “Teachers ensure that all students are expertly supported to help them learn and achieve highly.”

The school is carrying out a refurbishment project this summer to develop a sixth form centre.

Ofsted inspectors were also impressed by the bilingual curriculum on offer from four to 18.

The inspectors spent considerable time in classes in French, German and Spanish, alongside the English National Curriculum.

In particular, Early Years provision and teachers were praised.

“The unique approach to teaching languages from the early years is impressive. This leads to pupils developing multilingual skills, resilience and a keen interest in the wider world," the report said.

And in personal development, Ofsted commended the careers provision, PHSE education and the many extra-curricular opportunities available.

Inspectors said: “They (the pupils) develop high levels of confidence and are extremely well-prepared for their next phases of education."

The school, which replaced the European School with which it shared its site, opened in September 2013 with classes split between learning in English and French, and English and German.

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It was based on a model similar to that of its predecessor — but the key difference at the school was that as a state-funded school, anyone can apply for a place and receive bilingual education free of charge.

While many of the pupils have bilingual parents or speak English as an additional language, some do not and the school uses an ‘immersive’ learning experience, so all lessons are taken in the second language. 

School principal Lynn Wood said: “I’m delighted that the report recognises the excellence in teaching, student development, and bilingual education which underscores Europa's commitment to helping all our students grow and succeed.”