How to read ISI inspection reports

Educational Quality Inspections report on the two main outcomes for pupils:

  • Achievement

  • Personal development. 

Reporting is with reference to contributory factors such as curriculum, teaching and pastoral care.

ISI does not make a single overarching judgement on a school. Instead we make a clear judgement on each aspect of its work using one of the following four grades:

  • Excellent

  • Good

  • Sound

  • Unsatisfactory

Regulatory Compliance Inspections report on a school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations, and where applicable the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

These inspections result in a binary judgement of ‘met’ or ‘not met’ against each applicable standard.

Focused Compliance Inspections cover key statutory requirements, in the absence of contrary indications.

Safeguarding, welfare, health and safety are a priority for all inspections.

Further information is avaliable in ISI's Inspection Framework.