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ISI Inspection Report

Three inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate spent several days at the Old Vicarage School during the Spring term 2024. We are delighted to be able to share the report with you. 

We are very proud of the girls and staff who not only clearly impressed the inspectors but also managed, in such a short time, convey what is so special about the school. I would also like to thank parents for their extremely positive feedback in the questionnaires, which set the scene for the inspectors on the eve of their first day with us.

This was a routine inspection and came under the new ISI framework. The structure of the report starts with an overall summary and then in more depth the key findings in the following five sections:

• Section 1: Leadership and management, and governance

• Section 2: Pupils’ education, training, and recreation

• Section 3: Pupils’ physical and mental health and emotional well-being

• Section 4: Pupils’ social and economic well-being and contribution to society

• Section 5: Safeguarding

In each of these sections, ISI decides if a school has ‘met’ or ‘not met’ the Standards contained within the strand. I am pleased to say that the Old Vicarage school met all the standards. It is important to note that the ISI no longer give an overall judgement and has abolished the four gradings: formerly excellent – good – sound – unsatisfactory. Instead, they will focus on ‘nuanced reporting’ within the report itself.

Some of the quotes that are particularly worthy of highlighting are as follows.

‘Pupils show a love of learning, are fully engaged, curious and ask interesting questions.’

‘The extensive enrichment programme and co-curricular activities enhance and extend pupils’ learning and help them to develop self-confidence and self-esteem.’

‘Pupils behave well, are highly motivated and respect each other.’

‘A keen sense of community and belonging pervades the school. Pupils are respectful, understand diversity and look after each other.’

‘…pupils are able to learn new skills, interact socially with each other and develop self-esteem, resilience and self-confidence.’

‘Pupils are highly creative and use a variety of media confidently. Pupils’ high attainment in music and enjoyment in drama permeates through the school…’

‘Staff prioritise pupils’ emotional wellbeing.’

This is an excellent report and highlights the many significant strengths of the school. However, we are not complacent and continue to ensure that we are developing the curriculum, providing an outstanding education for all the girls.

Mrs Clare Strickland


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