Our ISI Inspection Report
In common with all independent schools that are affiliated to the Independence Schools Council (ISC), we are subject to a six-yearly cycle of inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
Our most recent inspection took place in October 2007. Below, you will find a series of excerpts from the report we received.
‘Teaching encourages responsible behaviour in pupils in all sections of the school. Relationships between teachers and pupils are based on mutual trust, respect and understanding, and the need for pupils to take responsibility for their own learning. This shone through in all aspects of school life.’
‘The quality of relationships between staff and pupils and among pupils is excellent in all areas of the school. Pupils feel valued and supported by staff ... and their relationships with staff are characterised by mutual respect and politeness in a relaxed atmosphere. This care for the pupils is at the heart of the ethos of the school. In the sixth form, pupils commented on the relaxed relationships they have with staff but were clear that teachers are also able to challenge, for example, their attitudes to work, without jeopardising those relationships.’
‘Teachers provide highly effective support and guidance for all pupils in all sections of the school. Pastoral care is a priority and pupils' comments in questionnaires highlighted the good quality of care they receive.’
‘Discussion and argument amongst pupils is effective and well informed. Pupils listen well to the views of others and accept their views readily. In a Year 12 history of art lesson pupils were able to share their opinions on frescoes effectively, the discussion based on secure subject knowledge. Pupils present arguments with clarity. In addition to work in class, opportunities across the school for debating and drama foster confidence in this area.’
‘In their demeanour around the school, in conversation, and in their dealings with one another, pupils throughout the school demonstrate strongly developed social skills within a relaxed atmosphere. The mutual respect shown between pupils and teachers throughout the school is a key element in the tolerant and considerate ethos which pervades lessons and other activities.’