The Independent Schools Inspectorate
The ISI inspects schools according to a standard framework for inspection which it has laid down for the purposes of ensuring that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements. This 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 ISC.
ISI Inspection 2023 – Reigate St Mary’s is rated – ‘EXCELLENT IN ALL AREAS’
The summary findings are below:
The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.
- All pupils achieve extremely well, academically and in extracurricular activities.
- Pupils are confident, curious learners who are encouraged to be creative and take risks with their learning.
- Pupils’ communication skills are excellent and they apply these to other areas of learning with great clarity and confidence.
- Pupils exhibit a high level of information and communication technology (ICT) skills. Older pupils demonstrate advanced digital expertise in programming and robotics.
The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.
- Pupils’ outstanding social skills and collaborative learning contribute strongly to their holistic personal development.
- Pupils demonstrate high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of the individual support they receive that enables them to improve their own learning and performance.
- Older pupils accept responsibility and grow in maturity through the many important leadership roles they are given.
- Pupils are acutely aware of problems facing the planet and the part they can play to ameliorate this.
The inspectors were extremely impressed with all areas of the school and below are just a few of the numerous quotes that highlight this:
- Pupils of all ages and abilities have extremely positive attitudes to learning.
- Pupils have a thirst for discovery.
- EYFS children rapidly gain a broad range of skills as they engage wholeheartedly in activities that cover all areas of learning
- Committed staff have established an effective collaborative culture across the school that fully engages pupils of all ages and abilities.
- Children are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ in English and philosophy empowering them to contemplate and discuss issues meaningfully with their peers.
- Pupils thrive within the ‘have a go’ culture which empowers them to make mistakes in order to learn.
- Pupils have a strong awareness of the value of non-material aspects of life which is nurtured from an early age.
- Pupils prosper greatly within a culture where they are encouraged to contribute positively to the school, the local community and wider society.
- The school’s provision of access to a varied outdoor environment enables pupils to be inspired by the wonders of the natural world.
- Pupils’ show sensitivity, understanding and tolerance towards each other regardless of background, culture or ability.
In her verbal summary, the Reporting Inspector was particularly impressed with the ’warm relationships modelled by passionate staff’ and the ‘exceptionally high IT skills’ in evidence throughout the school.