The college is registered as an independent school with the Department for Education (DfE). It is a member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) represented by The Independent Schools Council (ISC) and inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
The latest ISI Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report was published in September 2022.
The college was previously subject to regular inspection by Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). The last Ofsted inspection took place in February 2018. The college was once again judged as Outstanding in all areas. The summary of key findings for parents and pupils are as follows:
This is an outstanding school
- Exceptional leadership and management have ensured that the school has maintained and further developed its outstanding provision, including in the sixth form.
- The governors and leaders have created a culture where all members of staff strive to offer academic excellence in an environment which supports and challenges each pupil individually.
- All aspects of governance are carried out well. Governors’ strategic overview of the school is strong.
- Teaching staff are knowledgeable and highly dedicated to ensuring that pupils’ outcomes are the best they can be.
- Through frequent assessment, teachers and leaders keep a keen eye on pupils’ progress. Pupils welcome their teachers’ feedback. Leaders use the information to identify any pupil who is underperforming. They arrange support quickly so that pupils can catch up without delay.
- Pupils, including those who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities, make rapid progress from their varied starting points. Pupils leave the school very well prepared for the next stage of their lives.
- Pupils have extremely positive attitudes to learning due to the high quality of teaching and individual support they receive. They work hard and are determined to succeed. Behaviour in lessons and around the school is exemplary.
- The school is a safe and happy place to be. Leaders give safeguarding procedures the highest priority.
- After A levels, the vast majority of students continue their studies in a range of subjects at university. Personal tutors provide effective guidance to individual students on their future chosen pathways. However, pupils and students do not have a broader knowledge of the range of education and work opportunities available to them when they leave the school.
- Leaders have ensured that the school is compliant with all the independent school standards.
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