The Old Vicarage School is inspected by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI), which is the body approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of inspecting schools which are members of the Independent School Council (ISC).
I am delighted to present the full report following the latest inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in June 2019.
This inspection is part of the regular, three-yearly cycle of inspections which alternately focus on Regulatory Compliance and then, three years later, on Compliance and Educational Quality. This inspection was the latter.
The report is in two parts: Focused Compliance and then on Educational Quality. Schools are either deemed to have met or not met the different compliance standards. I am pleased to confirm that, as we should all expect, the school has met all the compliance standards and there are no action points resulting.
The Educational Quality inspection leads to judgements on two main areas: the achievements of pupils and their personal development. I am delighted to announce that we have been judged to be excellent in both categories; this is the highest grading that can be awarded.
We are particularly pleased to read the judgement:
“The school fully meets its aim to enable every pupil to be the best she can, whether academically or in the arts, drama or sports.”
The report gives details behind the judgements and I know that all those associated with the Old Vicarage School will take great pleasure in reading them.
In any review, such as this, there is always a need to have a recommendation for action and we are pleased that the only recommendation made is for the school to be conscious of the amount of colouring in some lessons – which did not detract from the inspectors’ judgements about high levels of achievement and the pride that girls take in the quality of their work.
We would like to thank all the parents and girls who participated in the questionnaires leading up to the inspection, to all the staff who always work so hard to enable the girls to be the very best they can be and of course the girls themselves, who have demonstrated so clearly the attitudes and determination that have enabled them to show such success.