The latest ISI inspection took place in September 2011. You may download the Inspection Report in Adobe Acrobat PDF format:
Some highlights from the 2011 Report
- “The quality of pupils’ achievements is excellent. Pupils are extremely well educated…”
- “…excellent pastoral care… The school provides an excellent boarding experience, enabling the pupils to thrive in all aspects of their school life.”
- “The outstanding range of extra-curricular activities fosters individual talents, whilst inculcating a sense of duty to friends and society…”
- ISI Inspection Report 2011
Outstanding Pastoral Care
Outstanding pastoral care, together with effective implementation of the current comprehensive arrangements for pupils’ welfare, health and safety, makes a significant contribution to pupils’ personal development and well-being, in line with the school’s aims.
The quality of pupils’ achievements is excellent
The quality of pupils’ achievements is excellent. Pupils are extremely well educated.
They attain extremely high standards in external examinations and make exceptional progress in their learning because of their positive attitudes to study, dedicated and often inspiring teaching, and an academically challenging curriculum that is adapted to suit all needs.
The school provides an excellent boarding experience
The school provides an excellent boarding experience, enabling the pupils to thrive in all aspects of their school life. Pupils develop into mature, responsible and articulate young people, who, as sixth formers, readily accept the responsibility to care for all members of the house. The supportive ethos and atmosphere of the boarding houses make a significant contribution to the school’s provision of outstanding pastoral care and, as such, are instrumental in the school’s realisation of its challenging aims.
The social development of pupils is outstanding
The social development of pupils is outstanding. They are eager to partake in roles of responsibility and are actively involved in setting up and running societies. School and house monitoring, peer mentoring and duties within the houses afford opportunities to contribute to the school community and to help others, whilst opportunities for leadership, for example in the CCF, as well as in sports teams or musical ensembles, develop teamwork skills.
The quality of teaching is excellent
The quality of teaching is excellent. It makes a significant contribution to pupils’ excellent levels of academic achievement and amply meets the school’s aim to promote intellectual curiosity and independent enquiry. Parents and pupils were fulsome in their praise for the often outstanding quality of teaching.
The cultural development of pupils is also outstanding
The cultural development of pupils is also outstanding. All participate in some form of cultural activity on a regular basis, and the introduction of the creativity, action and service element of the IB for all in Year 12 has expanded participation.
The quality of pupils’ personal development is outstanding
The quality of pupils’ personal development is outstanding. It is supported by excellent pastoral care, which permeates school life, and by an equally strong programme of cultural, creative, service and sporting activities, clubs and trips worldwide, which promotes inclusivity as well as variety.
The quality of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent
The quality of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent, testimony to the school’s outstanding realisation of its aims. Since the previous inspection, a greater emphasis on service and on the cultural aspects of extra- curricular activities has enhanced provision.
The quality of the relationships that the school forms with parents is excellent
The quality of the relationships that the school forms with parents is excellent. Since the previous inspection, systems for communication with parents have improved greatly.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a body approved by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills for the purpose of inspecting independent schools in the Independent Schools Council under Section 162 of the Education Act 2002. The purposes of inspection are to ensure that standards are maintained and that schools comply with the relevant legal requirements. Recommendations are included to help schools improve.