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MPW London achieves highest grade in ISI inspection

Posted by: MPW - 15 March 2022 - MPW London - Read time: 3 minutes

MPW London has been graded as ‘Excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in its latest inspection. This is the highest grade available in the ISI’s new framework.

The new framework provides two judgements at the end of the inspection for students’ academic and other achievements, and personal development. We were delighted to be awarded ‘Excellent’ in both. In addition, the college was judged to be fully compliant with all the regulatory requirements set by the Department for Education.

Excellent, focused attitudes to learning

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In the course of compiling its report, the ISI observed lessons and college life, in addition to speaking to many students and staff.

They noted that students had, “excellent, focused attitudes to learning,” and felt “emboldened to participate actively in lessons.” The inspectors also observed that students possessed “strong skills in self-organisation [to] ensure that they keep up with the deliberately challenging pace of lessons.”

The students themselves highlighted our Director of Studies system, which provides them with 1:1 personal support, as a key factor in their academic progress. Inspectors found that, “Students unanimously praise their Directors of Studies, crediting them with having a major influence on their success.”

Outside of the classroom, the report identified that students viewed themselves as being part of “a community with shared values and a shared mindset,” and that “respect is the foundation of what the college does.”

A ringing endorsement

Speaking on the report’s conclusions, college Principal, John Southworth, commented, “The report is extremely complimentary about our students’ excellent attitudes to learning, self-motivation and resilience, and willingness to work collaboratively with others. It also very much captures the ethos of the college, commenting on the highly positive relationships that exist within the MPW community and how these contribute to students’ well-being and rapid progress.”

“The inspection process is a rigorous one and it is very gratifying indeed that the report provides such a ringing endorsement of what we do.”