The Independent Schools Inspectorate carried out a Regulatory Compliance Inspection under its new framework in June 2017, the purpose of which is to assess the School's compliance with the Independent Schools Standards Regulations. Judgement is limited to compliance or non-compliance and no value judgement can be formed in a Regulatory Compliance Inspection. The School successfully passed the Regulatory Compliance Inspection being found to comply with all regulations. Within the current inspection framework, Regulatory Compliance inspections alternate with Educational Quality Inspections approximately every three years, with the School's next Educational Quality Inspection expected in 2020. You will find the Independent Schools Inspectorate's most recent judgements on educational quality in the previous 2013 Integrated Inspection report, a link to which is set out below.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate last carried out an Integrated Inspection, bringing together the Whole School, Early Years Foundation Stage and Boarding elements in May 2013. Strict criteria are set for the grading with criteria for the ‘Excellent’ grade set very high. In every category, St John’s gained the top grade.
The quality of boarding; the contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety; the quality of governance; the quality of leadership and management, including links with parents; the contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision; the contribution of arrangements for pastoral care; the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils and the contribution of teaching were all graded ‘Excellent’.
In the category covering the quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning there is an additional grade: ‘Exceptional’, which places a school at the very top of the Excellent band. The quality of St John’s pupils’ achievements and learning was graded Exceptional.
With respect to compliance with regulatory requirements, the report confirmed that the school fully complied with all the requirements of the Independent School Standards Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools.
If you have any queries about the report, which can be found here, do feel free to get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).