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.
It is with great pleasure that I write to give you the Inspection Report from our recent Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) inspection which was carried out over a 4 day period from the 16th to 19thof June, 2015.
The ISI inspects schools in membership of the Association of the Independent Schools Council. They report to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements. Inspection is for the benefit of the pupils in the schools, and is intended to help schools to recognise and build on their strengths and to remedy any weaknesses. Integrated Inspections encompass the educational and welfare provision of the whole school, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the school’s compliance with regulatory requirements.
ISI reports do not provide a single overarching judgement but instead give a clear judgement on each aspect of the school’s work. The descriptors used are ‘excellent’ ‘good’ ‘sound’ or ‘unsatisfactory’, and where achievement is exceptional, that term may be used for the top grade.
‘Exceptional’ is only used for example where there is evidence of a high level of participation in Public and/or National Curriculum Examinations and therefore is not relevant for a pre-prep such as Pilgrims. For Early Years, the reports use the same terminology as Ofsted reports: ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ and ‘inadequate’.
Please do read the whole report which is attached for your reference, but in summary our school is graded as follows:
THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHOOL
- ‘The quality of the pupil’s achievements, including in the EYFS, is excellent. Standards are extremely high and progress is excellent for all pupils throughout the school’.
- ‘The personal development of pupils is of a high standard, as a result of their excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and the equally strong pastoral care they receive’.
- ‘The pupils’ highly positive attitudes to learning greatly support their achievements’.
- ‘The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent.’
- ‘Governance leadership and management are excellent’.
THE QUALITY OF ACADEMIC AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
- The quality of the pupils’ achievement and learning is excellent.
- The contribution of teaching is excellent.
THE QUALITY OF PUPILS’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
- The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils is excellent.
- The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent
- The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety is excellent.
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF GOVERNANCE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
- The quality of Governance is excellent.
- The quality of leadership and management including links with parents, carers and guardians is excellent.
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE
- The early years provision is outstanding.
- Provision for children’s well-being is outstanding.
- Leadership and management of early years provision are outstanding.
- The quality and standards of the early years provision are outstanding.
It hardly needs saying that the whole school is absolutely delighted with these outcomes. It is very rewarding to have this external verification for the excellent practice at Pilgrims.
Sue Clark, Chair of Governors