ISI Report 2007
The ISI team of inspectors visited in 2007 and found that the school “very successfully“ matches up to its aims in almost every respect. In all the key areas such as academic, pastoral and co-curricular activities the report has nothing but praise for Queen’s. The excellent relationship between staff and pupils is commented upon before the inspectors go on to say “good teaching encourages and challenges pupils to do their best in a secure, supportive and relaxed environment where all are valued.”
The inspectors compared the GCSE and A-level results against those from fully selective schools in both the state and independent sectors. They recognised just how outstanding our results are in relation to the wide range of ability within the school and saw for themselves the care that goes into seeing that every pupil achieves their potential.
Interestingly the inspectors are fully supportive of the bold move in ending Saturday lessons which they say "has led to radical improvements in the co-curricular programme and coincided with improved academic performance".
As always with ISI reports, this one ends with recommendations as to what the school should do next to improve and develop. It was particularly gratifying that the inspectors found no significant weaknesses to rectify but instead urged us to extend the innovative teaching initiatives such as Virtual Learning Environments, use of the school intranet and video-conferencing across all departments.