Inspection Reports

A summary of the findings about our pupils from the Independent Schools Inspectorate report of 2016 (following the ISI’s visit of November 2015) are displayed on this page. ISI scrutinised eight areas of School life and rated each one as excellent. ‘Excellent’ is the ISI descriptor for the OFSTED term ‘outstanding’. This is a tremendous achievement and one of which all our girls and boys, teaching and support staff and Governors can be most proud. A copy of the full report is available via the link below.

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Summary of ISI Report Findings:

Governance and leadership

“The effectiveness of governance, leadership and management is excellent at all levels. Governors ensure that the school meets its aims by providing effective oversight and investing strategically in staffing and facilities.”

A distinctive ethos

“The distinctive ethos of the school provides a foundation for pupils to grow and flourish so that they become confident, articulate, outward-looking individuals who appreciate their own worth and show a genuine sense of tolerance, courtesy and respect for others, regardless of background or personal circumstances.”

Academic achievement

“Children in the EYFS reach at least the developmental levels expected for their ages, and some exceed them.”

“In the Prep School, pupils’ attainment…is judged to be well above the national age-related expectations.”

“In the EYFS, all children…make excellent progress in relation to their starting points.”

“Pupils, including the youngest in the EYFS, have exceptionally positive attitudes to their work. They come to class prepared to work hard, and at all ages have a genuine desire to learn and enjoy their lessons. They are active learners.”

Teaching the curriculum

“Teaching is excellent throughout the school. Teachers’ subject knowledge is extensive and they use a wide range of techniques and resources to interest pupils.”

“Excellent teaching is based on high expectations.”

“The high standard of teaching throughout the Prep School enables pupils to make rapid progress.”

“In lessons all pupils… demonstrate a high level of knowledge, understanding and skills. Their attitudes to learning are exemplary and these contribute strongly to their academic success.”

Teachers and pupils

“Teachers throughout the school are ambitious and enthusiastic; they follow the characteristics of successful teaching that the school has effectively developed and embedded.”

“Teachers have excellent relationships with pupils, creating a positive learning environment that encourages high levels of achievement, independent thought and exemplary behaviour.”

“In the EYFS, children experience high quality interaction with adults.”

Pastoral care

“Pastoral care and arrangements for welfare, health and safety are excellent, ensuring that pupils are well cared for and safe in school. The pastoral care systems strongly support pupils’ personal development.”

“The school is highly effective in promoting good behaviour. Staff have high expectations and pupils know and respect the school rules.”

“Pupils are well behaved, friendly and polite. They respect others and have a strong sense of social responsibility.”

“The spiritual development of pupils is excellent. Pupils are able to express themselves freely and publicly, and are happy to talk about their feelings and beliefs, often making a valuable contribution to the spiritual understanding of others.”

Co-curricular provision

“The extra-curricular programme is outstanding across the whole school and contributes strongly to pupils’ personal development.”

Communication with parents:

“The school maintains highly effective links with parents, carers and guardians.”

“The close partnership nurtured with parents in the EFYS and open systems of communication with parents through all sections of the school are strongly appreciated.”

“Parents have an excellent range of opportunities to be involved in the work and progress of their children.”

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