ISI and the Inspection of Schools
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body responsible for the inspection of about 1,200 independent schools. The ISI’s job is to make sure that every school it inspects meets the requirements set out by the government, to report its findings to the Department for Education and to make public the report.
All schools need to be inspected on a regular basis. Inspections are for the benefit of pupils: the ISI wants to improve the quality and effectiveness of every child’s education and of the care for their welfare. Inspections aim to help a school recognise and build on its strengths and remedy any weaknesses. The findings of inspections are presented in objective and reliable reports, made available on the ISI website.
Our Inspection report from the ISI Inspection of Tower College that took place in November 2012 has now been finalised and sent to us for distribution to parents. Although the inspection added to the hectic time we have at the end of every Autumn Term, we are delighted that the Inspection Team have recognised that all of our aims for our children are met.
The Report is available below, but if you would prefer to receive a hard copy from school, please just ask.
The complete version of the Inspection Report 2012 is available to be downloaded below or from the ISI website: (Click here)
2. THE SUCCESS OF THE SCHOOL
2.(a) Main findings
2.1 The school successfully meets its aims. Throughout the school, including in the EYFS, the pupils’ achievement is good, both in their academic work and in their activities. All pupils, including those with SEND, with EAL and those who are gifted and talented, make good progress in relation to their abilities as a result of the good teaching they receive. In the EYFS, progress is good in relation to the children’s starting points. The pupils’ achievements are well supported by the good curricular provision. Following the recommendation of the previous inspection, the provision for creative subjects has been extended. The range of technological subjects remains limited to ICT. In the EYFS, few opportunities are offered for children to develop their ICT skills. Following the recommendations of the previous inspection, extra-curricular provision has been extended although it remains limited. In the EYFS, as at the previous inspection, the outdoor learning environment is not used effectively to extend the children’s learning. In the EYFS, support for children with EAL is largely confined to an extra-curricular activity rather than within the curriculum, which limits progress. The pupils’ achievements in all parts of the school are supported by their good attitudes to their work, the good skills they develop and their excellent behaviour.
2.2 The pupils’ personal development is excellent throughout the school. The pupils’ spiritual development is very strong. Their social development is excellent and they have a keen awareness of cultural issues. They have a very strong sense of right and wrong, including the youngest children in the EYFS. Pupils demonstrate a high level of mutual respect and support for each other and for all members of the school community. Pupils of all ages willingly take on responsibility and make a valuable contribution to the school and the wider community. Excellent arrangements are in place for pastoral care. Pupils are encouraged to have healthy lifestyles; however, the variety of food offered at lunchtimes is limited. Arrangements to promote pupils’ welfare, health and safety are good. All required policies are now in place.
We are delighted with the outcome of our Regulatory Compliance 2017 Inspection Report which is very positive. Every regulatory requirement is met, so we are fully compliant in every aspect of school life.
As this was not a Quality of Education Inspection, there has been no formal inspection of the teaching, learning and ethos of the school, which is a shame as the two inspectors who visited were very impressed with our pupils’ behaviour, manners, smartness and their articulate responses to the ‘Q & A’ sessions with them.
I would like to thank all the staff, governors and children who contributed to this success.
R J Oxley(Miss)
The complete version of the Short Visit 2017 is available to be downloaded below or from the ISI website: (Click here)