Following the most recent inspection of St Swithun’s Junior (prep) and Senior schools in February 2017, we are delighted that the Independent Schools Inspectorate has awarded both schools ‘excellent’ gradings, the top rating that the inspectors can use.
In the senior school, pupils’ outstanding success in academic examinations and national competitions was noted, together with achievement in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, with county and national recognition in several sports. Pupils had exceptional communications skills and the ability to analyse complex problems. A highly effective academic tracking and monitoring system was found to support strong progress. The report highlighted collaborative working among pupils, considerable positive commitment to others, both within and beyond the school, and a strong sense of moral responsibility as features of pupils’ personal development.
The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements’ at St Swithun’s school is excellent
Children in the early years’ foundation stage at St Swithun’s School were said to make individual progress through a carefully planned, broad curriculum. Across the school, outstanding achievements in a range of activities, including sport, music and drama were noted by the inspection team, as well as pupils’ success in winning places at independent day and boarding schools against strong competition. The report found ‘there are excellent relationships between teachers and pupils themselves, who are highly supportive of one another’, and that pupils at all ages show high levels of self-knowledge, self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience.
The reports for both schools are here:
Note: The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. ISI inspections are also carried out under arrangements of the ISC Associations for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of their membership.
ISI Boarding Inspection Report
We welcomed a visit from the ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) for a boarding inspection in January 2015. I am always proud to show our school to others and we received very positive feedback.