A private school, which charges parents up to £10,000 per year has received a mixed reports by inspectors.

Rastrick Independent School received every rating from ‘outstanding’ (the highest) to ‘unsatisfactory’ (the lowest) in a report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The school, which caters for 117 children from birth to 16, was praised for its teaching and pupils’ behaviour but criticised for its management, governance and safety procedures.

Headteacher Susan Vaughey said the school’s substandard ratings were down to a lack of paperwork and the school still represented good value for money.

Lauding its pupils’ achievement following the inspection in September and October, the ISI report said: “Pupils achieve well and their progress is usually good in relation to their starting points and abilities.”

But criticising the school’s inadequate management and safety procedures the report said: “The quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians, is unsatisfactory.

It added: “The school has not paid sufficient regards to its duty to safeguard its pupils.”

The government-endorsed ISI rated pupils’ development and behaviour ‘outstanding’ while students’ academic progress and cultural development was judged to be ‘good’.

Meanwhile, the Ogden Lane school’s extracurricular activities and pastoral care were rated ‘sound’, the equivalent of adequate.

But the school, which charges between £7,875 and £10,500 a year for full-time pupils, was also found wanting for the effectiveness of its management.

The report said: “The school has not been sufficiently rigorous in respect of staff recruitment checks. However, staff have a good understanding of child protection and welfare.”

It added: “Leadership and management are unsatisfactory overall because compliance with all regulatory requirements has not been ensured and the implementation of policies has not been consistently maintained.”

Headteacher Mrs Vaughey said the school had taken notice of the report and had improved its administration.

“It was because the paperwork wasn’t done and that’s been rectified,” she said. “Everyone has helped and we’ve put it right.

“We’ve never had a report before with unsatisfactory ratings – but if something happens we have to deal with it. We’ve done that and we’re moving forward.

“Our parents get very good value for money and if you read the report the parents are very happy.”

Mrs Vaughey added: “The State gets more per child than we get from fees. We just exist on fees. We don’t get grants or anything else.”

Rastrick Independent School was placed number six in the SATS rankings for the Top 100 Independent Preparatory Schools, last month.