ISI Inspection Report
INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS INSPECTORATE (ISI)
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) arranges and carries out the inspection of any school which wishes to be accredited by the Independent Schools Council (ISC).
The Independent Schools Inspectorate
The ISI inspects schools according to a standard framework for inspection which it has laid down for the purposes of ensuring that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements. This framework has been agreed with the DCSF and they have recognised the ISI as the body responsible for the regular inspection of schools in England which are affiliated to the ISC.
ISI Inspection 2016
In April 2016 the School received a Regulatory Compliance Inspection by ISI. Headmaster Mr Ceri Jones writes: “We are delighted that the ISI inspection of the school in April 2016 affirmed the quality of education and care here at Caterham. This inspection was one of the first in the country carried out under a new ISI inspection framework; unlike previous inspections, the inspectors were not at the school to reach a judgment about the quality of educational provision or management, and so the report contain no qualitative judgments –the inspectors are not allowed to use words such as exceptional or outstanding. Instead, they simply decide whether we comply with the raft of legislation that applies to schools (The Independent Schools Standards Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding) in eight discrete areas. You will see from the report that in each of the areas, following a brief narrative, we are told that we have ‘met the standard’ in all areas. As unexciting as this may appear, it is the highest possible achievement under this current inspection framework and is a huge accolade. Across a large number of requirements and regulations covering everything from the curriculum to health and safety, recruitment to governance, boarding to safeguarding, the inspectors found that we complied with every element and that there were no recommendations for the school to do anything differently.
I AM ENORMOUSLY GRATEFUL TO ALL MY COLLEAGUES FOR THE CONSISTENTLY HIGH STANDARDS THEY SET AND TO ALL THE PUPILS FOR THE PART THEY PLAYED IN MAKING THIS SUCH A SUCCESSFUL INSPECTION, AND INDEED TO ALL THE PARENTS WHO COMPLETED THE QUESTIONNAIRES THAT FRAMED THE JUDGMENTS MADE BY THE INSPECTORS. THE REPORT IS A GREAT AFFIRMATION OF A HEALTHY AND SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL. REST ASSURED THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR WAYS OF ENSURING THAT THE QUALITY OF EVERY ENGAGEMENT AT THE SCHOOL REMAINS EXCEPTIONAL”
Mr. Ceri Jones, Headmaster
You can read the 2016 ISI Inspection Report here.
Other recent inspection reports:
ISI Boarding Welfare Intermediate Inspection 2013
In 2013 we had an ISI Boarding Welfare Intermediate Inspection. This inspection focused on the statutory National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and the School was found to be compliant on every count.
You can read the 2016 ISI Boarding Welfare Intermediate Inspection Report here.
ISI Inspection 2010
In 2010 the School received an ISI standard inspection. The inspectors’ report stated: “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.”
You can read the 2010 ISI Standard Inspection Report here.
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