Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2021
We were pleased to welcome a team of Independent Schools Inspectors into school in June 2021, who ran a full statutory inspection.
The ISI is a government approved independent inspectorate body for independent schools, quality assured for the purpose of inspection under Section 106 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 on behalf of the Department for Education and Ofsted.
What is included in an educational quality inspection report?
"Educational quality inspection reports offer detailed assessments of a school. The report includes an introductory section on the characteristics of the school, such as its aims and ethos.
Reports focus on the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development. Reports include factors which contribute to these outcomes such as the curriculum, teaching, pastoral care, and governance, leadership and management."
What can an educational quality inspection report tell me about a school?
"Inspection reports give a frank and objective overall account of a school’s provision and outcomes for pupils. They should indicate how well the education caters for pupils of different needs and abilities, how broad the education is, what the atmosphere of the school is like – in terms of the ethos, behaviour of pupils and relationships – and how well pupils are cared for."
The ISI grading system
For educational quality inspections ISI uses grades as part of the report. ISI does not make a single overarching judgement on a school but instead makes a clear judgement for the two aspects using one of the following four grades:
Sherborne House: Excellent
As a result, Sherborne House was found to have achieved the highest ISI grade possible - Excellent.
"The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent."
"Pupils achieve well above the expected level for their age and ability by the time they leave the school."
"Pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding across areas of learning develop extremely well as they progress through the school, aided by a creative, skills-based curriculum and common whole-school topics, such as “Journeys”."
- ISI Report 2021