In September this year, we had a scheduled Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection.
ISI carries out work on behalf of the Department for Education to ensure that educational quality standards are met throughout the sector.
The inspection framework under which we were assessed is new and is divided into two main areas, the focused compliance inspection and the education quality inspection.
Similarly, the inspection report is divided into two sections, the first of which focuses on regulatory compliance and only reports upon those standards found in the regulatory framework.
These standards cover areas of safeguarding, health and safety and quality of leadership - they are either met or not met and the school is either deemed to be compliant or non-compliant. We are delighted to report that, in all areas, the school was found to be fully compliant.
Pupils of all ages have highly positive attitudes to learning and, as such, achieve a high level of success
The second part of the report focuses on the quality of the school’s work. The inspection team worked to make judgements on two key outcomes: the pupils’ personal development and their achievement.
We were absolutely delighted that the inspectors recognised the work which is going on in the school and appreciated the unique nature of our community.
Their judgements of 'excellent' for pupil development and 'good' for pupil achievement were extremely pleasing. Throughout the report the inspectors comment on the ‘pupils’ highly positive attitudes to learning’, ‘strong rapport between pupil and teacher’, ‘high expectations’, ‘enthusiastic teaching’, 'excellent opportunities to achieve in a wide and varied range of activities’, ‘strong community ethos’, ‘excellent behaviour’, ‘strong culture of inclusion’, ‘celebration of diversity’ and a ‘high awareness of how to keep safe’.
Finally, I would like to express my personal pride in the pupils, staff and wider community. I feel very fortunate to have the privilege to lead such a wonderful school and am delighted the inspection team recognised the very real qualities which exist at Queen's College.
Dr Lorraine Earps - Head Teacher
To read the ISI Inspection Report 2017 in full - click here