Inspection Reports

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a Government approved inspectorate responsible for the inspection of independent schools.

The ISI inspects schools according to a standard framework for inspection which is laid down for the purposes of ensuring that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements. The framework has been agreed with the Department for Education and they have recognised the ISI as the body responsible for the regular inspection of schools in England which are affiliated to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).  

The Royal School was last fully inspected in December 2015 with a further Regulatory Compliance Inspection (RCI) in September 2018.

2018 Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report

A copy of our ISI Report on the Progress Monitoring Visit (which took place in May 2019) is available on the side bar. As you will see, The Royal School was found to be fully compliant and to have met all the requirements of the Education (Independent Schools Standards)  Regulations 2014, the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2015 and the requirements of the Early Years Statutory Framework.

The RCI is a binary inspection, which means that the School is judged on the standards divided into eight parts and these are either ‘met’ or ‘not met’. The report follows set wording prescribed by the Inspectorate and does not provide quality judgements on the different parts.

‘At GCSE in the years 2015 to 2017, performance has been above the national average.’ * Royal School GCSE results were also above the national average in 2018.

‘In the Sixth Form, A Level results in the years 2016 to 2017 have been in line with, and in 2015 above, the national average.’ * Royal School A Level results were also above the national average in 2018, and double the national average at A*/A grades.

‘The teaching enables pupils to make good progress, encompasses effective behaviour management and is supported by suitable resources. The standards relating to the quality of education are met.’

‘Principles and values are actively promoted which facilitate the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant, law-abiding citizens. The standards relating to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development are met.’

‘All children in the registered setting make excellent progress relative to their individual starting points because of the inspiring educational experiences provided. Experienced and committed practitioners identify the children’s interests and enthusiasms to provide well- judged learning activities that ensure rapid progress and effective preparation for the next educational stage. (Quality and Standards of the EYFS)’

‘Leaders and managers have high aspirations for the achievements and development of children in their care. (Effectiveness of Leadership and Management in EYFS)

Leaders have a strong commitment to improving children’s life chances. They have put in place thorough systems of self-evaluation in order to provide the highest standard of education. (Quality and Standards of the EYFS)’

‘Generous staff-to-child ratios enable all children to have significant interactions with adults, particularly their key persons. This ensures that language, physical and emotional development all develop well. children are strongly prepared for their next stage of learning. (Effectivness of Leaderships and Management in EYFS)’

‘The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is outstanding. (Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment in EYFS)’

Letter from the Principal dated 19 November 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian

As you will be aware, the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) inspected The Royal School on 19-20 September 2018. Their report has now been published and we are very pleased to be able to share it with you.

The School was inspected by ISI under two different frameworks:

  • Regulatory Compliance Inspection (RCI) which focuses entirely on standard relating to policies and procedures. This was applicable to the Whole School from Upper Sixth to EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). The National Minimum Standards for Boarding were also inspected as part of the RCI.
  • EYFS Framework Inspection for registered settings, which focuses on both regulatory compliance and quality of education. This was applicable to EYFS only.

The RCI is a binary inspection, which means that the School is judged on the standards divided into eight parts and these are either ‘met’ or ‘not met’. The report follows set wording prescribed by the Inspectorate and does not provide quality judgements on the different parts.

As you read through the report, you will find that the Inspectors judged us to be fully compliant in almost all of the parts: those relating to the quality of education provided; the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils; the suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors; the premises and accommodation; the provision of information and the manner in which complaints are handled. We were also judged to be fully compliant in relation to Schedule 10 of the Equality Act 2010, which relates to non-discrimination and equality of opportunity in schools. However, we were not judged to be fully compliant in Part 3 which relates to welfare, health and safety, due to a very small number of discrepancies in the administration of three of our pre-employment checks. This non-compliance also impacted upon Part 8 relating to leadership and management, which, as a result, was also not found to be fully compliant.

Please let me reassure you that before the inspection was concluded, all pre-employment checks were complete; a late, but glowing, reference had been returned and the very few missing prohibition of teaching and management checks were in place. No pupils were ever endangered as the member of staff whose reference arrived late was fully DBS checked and was supervised at all times and was never left alone with the children. In addition, none of our staff are on the list of those prohibited from teaching or management.

Following the inspection, we have put in place an action plan relating to HR pre-employment checks. We are confident that this meets regulatory requirements and is suitably robust, now making our pre-employment recruitment process fully compliant.

With regard to the inspection of the registered setting of EYFS, we are delighted that the inspectors recognised the positive developments that have taken place in Little Sailors and absolutely thrilled that they judged the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment to be ‘Outstanding’ and Outcomes for Children also to be ‘Outstanding’. This is a significant improvement on the last inspection and the teachers, nursery and daycare managers and practitioners should feel rightly proud of their achievements. Unfortunately, the small discrepancies identified in administration relating to our recruitment procedures had a detrimental impact on the three judgements of Overall Effectiveness, Effectiveness of Leadership and Management and Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, which the inspection team judged to be in the category of ‘Requires improvement’.

Whilst the overall outcome is disappointing, especially to teachers and practitioners who have been proven to be outstanding in their practice, it is important that we keep the negative aspects of the report in perspective. When you read the report on the EYFS, you will see that the negative elements make up a very small proportion of the written content in comparison to the positive observations and comments made by the inspectors. With this in mind, I think it is important for us to celebrate the excellent work, quality of care and attention that goes on in the classroom, whilst behind the scenes action is taken to address the area for improvement, specifically in the business of HR and pre-employment procedures.

I should like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, staff and pupils who responded to the Pre-Inspection Questionnaires and provided the Inspection Team with such positive and honest feedback about the strengths of the School. Should any parents or guardians wish to discuss the contents of the inspection report with us further, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Daunter or myself.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Anne J P Lynch

2015 Full Inspection Report

‘The curriculum is outstanding, enriched by a broad range of extra-curricular activities and pupils are given the opportunity to develop their interests and talents.’

‘Teaching is marked by excellent relationships between teachers and pupils. All pupils have positive attitudes to learning and the apply themselves to their work diligently.’

‘Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent.’

‘Pupils of all ages are highly articulate and confident, with good social skills.’

Please see the 2015 Full Inspection Report on the side bar.

ISI EYFS Inspection Report 2012

The ISI inspectors who visited The Royal School described the Early Years provision in glowing terms. The inspectors judged the provision in the Day Care, Nursery and Reception Class to be ‘excellent’ and ‘outstanding’. These judgements were fully supported by the parents via the pre-inspection questionnaire. They agreed that ‘The overall quality and standards of the early years provision are outstanding.’

ISI Boarding Inspection Report 2012

The boarding section of the report reflects the same qualities of individualised care. The Principal commented: “We know that emotional security is essential for healthy learning and development. This report shows that we are successful in creating this culture from the very earliest years upwards. For me the most satisfying observations in the report is ‘Children are extremely well behaved, show respect for and talk with each other and the adults who care for them…’

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