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The Secretary of State for Education requires all independent schools to be inspected against:

  • the Independent School Standards (the standards). These are contained in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 (ISSR), as amended, made under section 94 of the Education and Skills Act 2008;
  • the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), made under the Childcare Act 2006,
  • the requirement for disability access plans (Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010);
  • the ban on corporal punishment.

Our most recent inspections took place between Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th May 2019 when the School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI):

  • Focused Compliance Inspection (FCI)
  • Education Quality Inspection (EQI)

Part One - Focused Compliance Inspection (FCI)

The Focused Compliance inspection and Educational Quality inspection reports offer detailed assessments of a school. The report combines both inspections and includes an introductory section on the characteristics of the school, such as its aims and ethos.

The Focused Compliance inspection findings are where eight areas are assessed and a school is deemed to have either ‘met’ or ‘not met’ each of the standards in turn. We are very pleased to advise that the school was found to have met and been compliant in all eight areas.

Part Two - Education Quality Inspection (EQI)

The reports focus on the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development. Reports include factors which contribute to these outcomes such as the curriculum, teaching, pastoral care, and governance, leadership and management. These reports also include findings on the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

The Educational Quality inspection findings are where two areas are assessed:

  • the quality of the pupils’ academic achievements and
  • the quality of the pupils’ personal development,

In each area the assessment can be one of four grades: unsatisfactory, sound, good or excellent (ISI does not use the same judgement words as Ofsted). We are very pleased to advise that the school was assessed as ‘Excellent’ in both categories.

Quotes from the EQI report:

“Pupils develop excellent levels of self-confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline and resilience” “Pupils display a positive and spirited attitude in all they do”

“Pupils of all ages and abilities achieve exceptionally high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding” “Pupils make excellent academic progress”

ISI Educational Quality Inspection May 2019

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  1. Inspection Report May 2019
  2. ISI Regulatory Compliance Inspection - June 16