The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council.
ISI is approved for the purpose of inspection under Section 109 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 and reports to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements.
ISI conducts Educational Quality and Compliance Inspection Reports. Educational quality inspections report on the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development.
Regulatory compliance inspections report on a school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations, and where applicable the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
In our latest report educational quality has been given the highest grading possible once again. Not only has the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements been graded as excellent but also the quality of their personal development. Highlights from the report include the following::
- Pupils of all abilities achieve high academic standards. They make fast progress over time from their individual starting points, reflecting the school’s successful aim to inspire pupils to develop scholarship and enjoy success.
- The development of pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding is excellent, underpinned by the school’s commitment to offering an education of breadth.
- The school successfully meets its ambition to empower pupils to become independent thinkers and fearless learners.
- Pupils develop high levels of self-understanding and self-confidence within an environment that fosters kindness and respect.
- Pupils accept others for who they are, respect diversity and appreciate the richness different cultures and traditions bring.
- Pupils’ social skills are highly developed, actively encouraged by the openness of the school’s culture. They work intuitively together in groups, teams and ensembles towards common goals. From their first days in the school, pupils form mutually supportive and respectful friendships.
- The way in which pupils contribute willingly to the school and wider community is outstanding. They are socially aware and keen to support those less fortunate than themselves, reflecting the school’s successful fulfilment of its aim to inspire altruism as well as individual and social responsibility.