Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a body approved for the purpose of inspection under Section 162A of the Education Act 2002. As such, the ISI reports to the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements. ISI is the agency responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council.
In 2010 we had an Independent Schools Inspectorate standard inspection. Please read the ISI Inspection Report 2010 below.
''The school is highly effective in meeting its aims of stimulating all pupils to achieve their academic potential, and promoting independent thinking and lifelong learning. Pupils throughout the ability range are highly successful in their learning and personal development. A wide-ranging and well-balanced curriculum and an extensive programme of activities are available inside and outside school.''
''The pupils' personal qualities are outstanding and are promoted by the friendly and supportive atmosphere.''
ISI 2010 Report Download
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Caterham Preparatory School
In 2011 our Prep School Had an Independent Schools Inspectorate interim inspection. Please read the ISI Inspection Report 2011 below. Highlights from the report.
The pupils' overall achievement is excellent, fulfilling the school's aim for them to attain high academic standards. They make an excellent start in the EYFS and their success in learning is maintained throughout the school. Pupils display excellent levels of knowledge, understanding and skills in curricular and extra-curricular activities. Their competence in speaking, listening, reading and writing is of a high standard, demonstrated in the written work scrutinised and interviews held during the inspection. Pupils communicate with each other and with their teachers clearly and confidently. Their numerical and scientific skills are well developed. Pupils achieve well in aesthetic, creative and physical development subjects. They enthusiastically take advantage of many opportunities for developing skills in these areas, within lessons and during after-school activities. They make good use of information and communication technology, which is now included effectively in all subjects to support their learning. Pupils achieve high standards, particularly in drama, sport and music, and they perform on a wide range of musical instruments. Individuals and teams are successful in local, county and national competitions in tennis, netball, water sports and chess.
The pupils' enthusiasm to learn is supported by a broad curriculum that includes French and Latin along with technical and creative subjects.
The overall quality of teaching is excellent. Pupils' success in academic work, sport and music owes much to the thoughtful, interesting and challenging material used in lessons. The best teaching promotes rapid progress and engages pupils in a variety of learning styles, suited to their individual needs. These lessons are well planned and give pupils the opportunity to learn from each other and to share their opinions and findings.
Pupils of all ages demonstrate excellent personal development. In line with the school's aims, an environment is created in which all pupils are happy and feel valued, and which fosters their spiritual and moral values, and their sense of responsibility. Pupils are friendly and supportive of each other and are welcoming to visitors. They demonstrate great self-confidence without arrogance.
Pupils have a well-developed sense of the spiritual. In line with the Christian aims of the school, pupils are tolerant of different beliefs and customs whilst remaining fiercely proud of their own school and culture.
The pupils' success is strongly supported by the excellent pastoral care that they receive from all staff. Pupils demonstrate excellent understanding of how they are expected to behave.