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Inspection reports

ISI focused compliance and educational quality inspection February 2022

The most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection took place in February 2022 and was a focused compliance and educational quality inspection. We were delighted that we met all of the regulatory elements of the focussed compliance inspection, and were graded as ‘Excellent’ for both the students’ academic and personal development. The focus of all inspections is upon the outcomes for students, and we were particularly thrilled by the positive responses of students and parents in the pre-inspection questionnaires.

The key findings of the inspection report were:

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent

  • Pupils have excellent knowledge and understanding of all areas of the curriculum
  • Pupils develop excellent skills in communication; they are articulate, listen with respect and present their ideas coherently
  • Pupils have a positive attitude to their studies and an outstanding work ethic
  • Pupils gain confidence and skills in the wide variety of extra-curricular activities available to them and through participation in local and national competitive events

The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent

  • Pupils show an excellent level of maturity in their relationships with each other and the staff
  • Pupils have a very strong sense of community both in and out of school
  • Pupils develop a strong sense of self-worth throughout their time in the school
  • Pupils are very aware of the importance of respect and tolerance and of the inclusion of all

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here:

Inspection report 2022





ISI regulatory compliance inspection October 2017

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) compliance inspection took place in October 2017. A compliance inspection has the safety and well-being of students and staff at its heart and we were delighted that we met all regulatory requirements and had no follow-up actions or recommendations. We were also delighted by the positive endorsement from our parent body and students via the pre-inspection questionnaires; the level of response was described as ‘extraordinary’ by the Reporting Inspector.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here:

Inspection report 2017