ST ALBANS SCHOOL RECEIVES HIGHEST POSSIBLE INSPECTION GRADINGS
In November 2022 we were inspected by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) whose purpose is to:
- Assess the School’s compliance with the standards for independent schools laid down by the Department for Education.
- Assess the quality of education provided by the School.
- The outcome of the Compliance Inspection is that the School meets all the regulatory standards and associated requirements. There are no required actions or recommendations in respect of compliance.
The ISI inspection model does not give an overall grading for the School (and therefore differs from inspections conducted by Ofsted of, for example, state-maintained schools). ISI makes judgements on a four-point scale (excellent, good, sound, unsatisfactory) focused on outcomes for pupils in two areas: the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements and the quality of pupils’ personal development.
We are delighted that in the Education Quality Inspection we received the top grade of ‘excellent’ in both categories.
THE KEY FINDINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
THE QUALITY OF THE PUPILS’ ACADEMIC AND OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS IS EXCELLENT
- Pupils achieve excellent A-level and GCSE results and make strong progress.
- Pupils achieve at a high level in co-curricular activities such as sport, music and drama.
- Pupils’ competence in communication (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and its application to other areas of learning is a strength of the school.
- Pupils exhibit excellent attitudes to their learning.
THE QUALITY OF THE PUPILS’ PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IS EXCELLENT
- The behaviour of pupils is excellent; they are courteous, articulate, and confident.
- Pupils are mature, highly reflective and thoughtful.
- Pupils show respect and celebrate diversity. They show humility in their interactions with others, and a willing acceptance of each other’s differences.
- Pupils develop a mature self-confidence which strengthens strong relationships between pupils and teachers and helps to create a cohesive culture and sense of community.
- The conduct and engagement of our pupils as they were observed by inspectors in lessons, in interviews and meetings with them and as they went about their daily routine also received much favourable comment in the verbal feedback at the end of the inspection as well as in the report.