Independent Schools Inspection
I am delighted to share with you our successful ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) report following a Regulatory Compliance Inspection in February of this year. The report confirms that the Foundation has met every condition of inspection and remains fully compliant with the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, relevant requirements of the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage and associated requirements.
The full report is available to download here. You may notice a marked difference in structure and language to that of previous reports, with a focus on compliance with regulations and a lack of grading structure. The report is brief and simply states that we have met all the required standards.
Under the new inspection framework we would expect our next visit from ISI to include a judgement on educational quality with a focus on achievement and the personal development of our pupils. More information about the different types of inspection can be found here.
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of those involved in making this inspection successful: to the students who made such a positive impression on the inspection team; to the staff who work tirelessly to ensure that our schools are safe and happy environments in which to work and study, and to the parents for their overwhelmingly positive comments on the inspection questionnaires.
Finally, I would like to express my appreciation for the support of the Governing Body under the guidance of its Chair, Dr Gillian Sutherland.
Integrated Inspection Report 2014
Our 2014 Inspection Report judged the quality of achievement and learning to be 'exceptional' across the Foundation from ages 3 to 18.
The ‘exceptional’ rating is rarely awarded and place us amongst the 5% of schools to achieve it. In all other areas – pastoral, academic, extra-curricular, leadership and governance – we were deemed to be ‘excellent’ the highest grade available for these areas.
What the 2014 Report said ...
“From the Early Years Foundation Stage onwards, pupils of all abilities and needs are highly successful in their learning and personal development. The school fully meets its aim to provide a dynamic and exciting learning environment which allows pupils to excel and prepare for their place in an increasingly international world.”
“The exceptional educational experience provided is a result of a strong shared vision of what the future might hold for the young people of today and the education needed to support this.”
"The excellence of the curriculum is a significant feature in the exceptional achievements of the pupils."“
“Pupils throughout the school are highly motivated, enthusiastic and active learners whether working independently or collaboratively.”
“Cultural diversity helps to make the school a rich and fulfilling environment for its pupils.”
“Relationships between staff and pupils and between the pupils themselves are excellent.”“
“Digital devices are used naturally and intuitively inside and outside the classroom, simply as another effective learning tool.”
“The quality of links between the school and parents is excellent and strongly supports the school's aims.”
"Pupils' moral development is excellent."“
In the Pre-Prep ...
“Learning habits such as resilience, collaboration and curiosity are skilfully incorporated into all activities, equipping children for problem solving, stimulating creativity and critical thinking and preparing children exceptionally well for the next stage in their learning.”
In the Pre-Prep and Junior School ..
“Learning is fun and laughter is often heard in the classrooms.”
At Dame B's....
“Pupils achieve at a high level and make excellent progress,” said the ISI. “They develop an enjoyment for learning … Pupils feel motivated and enthusiastic.”
In the Senior School ...
“Teaching in the Senior School stimulates pupils’ interest and enables outstanding progress in knowledge, understanding and skills. Teachers are aware of the pupils’ individual needs, strengths and weaknesses. They are secure in their knowledge and understanding of the subject matter being taught and the positive relationships between teachers and pupils is a particularly strong feature."