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Inspection Reports

All independent schools are inspected by both the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Ofsted. However, they apply different frameworks and have different criteria for judging school quality that are suited to the different types of schools they inspect.

Here is a letter from our Chair of Governors about our recent Inspection Report.


15 May 2023

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to inform you of the outcome from our recent Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection which took place between 21 and 23 March. The outcomes from each category inspected have been summarised below. However, the full Inspection report can be found at the bottom of this page. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Early Years (Little Pilgrims, Kindergarten and Pre School)
As an independent school, Pilgrims is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). In addition, as a school with Early Years Provision, we are also inspected by ISI following the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The Early Years Foundation Inspection gives specific judgements for each area as ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’. The outcomes for each category are as follows:

• The quality and standards of early years provision is outstanding
• The quality of education is outstanding
• Behaviour and attitudes of the children are outstanding
• Personal development of the children is outstanding
• The leadership and management of the school is outstanding

Main School (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)
The Educational Quality Inspection reports on the quality of the school’s work, focusing on two key outcomes, the achievement of the pupils, including their academic development and the personal development of the pupils. Judgements against each area are either ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sound’ or ‘unsatisfactory’. The outcomes are as follows:

• Quality of pupil’s academic and other achievements is excellent
• The quality of the pupil’s personal development is excellent

The Focused Compliance Inspection reports only on the school’s compliance with the standards and are given either as ‘met’ or as ‘not met’ across various categories. The outcomes for the Focused Compliance inspection are as follows:

• Quality of education provided – met
• Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils – met
• Welfare, health and safety of pupils – met
• Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors – met
• Premises and accommodation at school – met
• Provision of information – met
• Manner in which complaints are handled – met
• Quality of leadership and management – met

The School Governors would like to congratulate the children, parents, staff and wider school community for the part they have all played in Pilgrims receiving such an amazing report.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Sarah Wheeler
Chair of Governors

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