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Inspection Reports

Inspection reports

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) carried out a full inspection in October 2023. The ISI is approved by the Secretary of State for Education to inspect independent schools.

The school met the standards required in all areas. The ISI no longer provide gradings (excellent, good etc.) as in previous inspections. They now simply state whether a school has met or not met the required standards.


  • Standards relating to leadership and management, and governance are met
  • Standards relating to the quality of education, training and recreation are met
  • Standards relating to pupils’ physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing are met
  • Standards relating to pupils’ social and economic education and contribution to society are met
  • Standards relating to safeguarding are met

Key findings

  • The wellbeing of pupils underpins planning, decision making and school development planning by leaders and governors.
  • Leaders provide a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of pupils.
  • Pupils make good progress as a result of carefully planned and effective teaching, demonstrating consistent improvement over time enabling them to achieve highly in GCSE and A-level.
  • Children in early years make good progress and are prepared for their next stage of education.
  • The positive relationship between teachers and pupils helps promote good behaviour and engagement in lessons. Pupils are enthusiastic and well behaved in lessons.
  • Pupils develop a wide and diverse range of knowledge and skills. Through a variety of activities, pupils take responsibility and learn the value of teamwork to achieve common goals.
  • Pupils grow in confidence from an early age.
  • Pupils display effective communication skills and are keen to articulate their ideas, for example in primary, pupils use advanced terminology confidently to express their understanding. Senior pupils in lessons such as English display clarity and confidence when expressing their ideas to their peers, enhanced by careful teacher questioning.
  • Pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities receive effective support and appropriate resources to support their learning so they also make good progress.
  • There is an extensive extra-curricular programme to support pupils’ learning and help support the leaders’ focus on inclusion.
  • Pupils are aware of current issues in society and the importance of respect for others.
  • Pupils contribute to wider society by taking part in charity fundraising and community work.
  • Pupils feel safe in school.
  • Pupils are well informed about cyber-bullying and how to keep safe online.

The school was also judged to be fully compliant against all of the regulatory standards. 

To read the full 2023 report please click here.

To read the full 2019 report please click here.

To read the full 2017 report please click here.



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