Inspection Report

Our latest full ISI Inspection Report has now been published and it is excellent, please take a moment to read the report here before booking your tour.

In November 2018 we completed our Compliance Inspection and the report is available to read and download.

The most recent inspection took place in November 2015 with the report published in January 2016 and the Whole School was awarded the following judgements*:
*ISI reports do not provide a single overarching judgement for the school but instead give a clear judgement on each aspect of the school’s work at the beginning of each section. These headline statements must include one of the ISI descriptors: Excellent/Good/Sound/Unsatisfactory.

Inspection Area judgement
The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning EXCELLENT
The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision EXCELLENT
The contribution of teaching EXCELLENT
The spiritual/moral/social and cultural development of the pupils EXCELLENT
The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care EXCELLENT
The contribution of arrangements for welfare and health & safety EXCELLENT
The quality of governance EXCELLENT
The quality of leadership and management including links with parents/carers and guardians EXCELLENT

Academic excellence and teaching were especially applauded.

“Teachers’ subject knowledge is excellent; their enthusiasm for their subjects promotes application from pupils, who appreciate the way they help them to learn. Lessons are very well planned, demonstrating a thorough understanding of pupils’ needs.”

The inspectors were very impressed by the students.

“Throughout the school, the pupils display an excellent attitude to their studies and an active involvement in the process of learning, in accordance with the school’s aims. They apply themselves with evident enjoyment, are keen to do well and are eager to be challenged.  They are enthusiastic, readily responsive, and offer opinions and answers articulately and confidently.  Classroom behaviour is exemplary.”

“The school’s core Christian values create an environment in which pupils strive to understand their own spiritual dimension through reflection and by engaging with the lives of others. They have a clear sense of right and wrong, and they develop this through activities such as debating and taking part in public speaking.”

The School was celebrated for its outstanding extra-curricular offering, balancing learning with in depth careers guidance, numerous university visits and excellent work experience opportunities.

“Extra-curricular achievement in many areas is strong in response to an extensive range of opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and personal qualities. The range of extra-curricular activities available for pupils of all ages is very wide and is a strength of the school”.

We are a CReSTeD accredited school and the inspectors identified that it goes to great lengths to support children with specific learning differences, such as dyslexia. In the inspection, the School was commended for the assistance it gives to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, and to those who learn English as an Additional Language. Furthermore praise was given to the enrichment and extension activities provided for more able students.

“In all age groups, pupils identified as more able are provided with appropriate challenges.”

The inspectors recognised that the achievements of pupils is thanks in part to the “’family’ atmosphere of the school’s close community”.

“The school nurtures pupils’ sense of identity and self-worth, promoting emotional maturity and self-confidence.”

And finally the inspection recognised that pupils are proud of their School

“Pupils are noticeably proud of their school community, and are excellent ambassadors for it.”

We would encourage anyone considering independent education to visit us on any normal working day to see at first-hand what the inspectors clearly identified as our many strengths.

ISI is a Government approved inspectorate responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council. ISI inspection is for the benefit of pupils and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and of the care for their welfare.

Inspection of educational provision covers compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations and evaluation of the quality of educational aspects of a school’s provision.

Inspection findings are presented in reliable and objective reports.