Inspection finds Clayesmore’s pupils to be “fully engaged and willing learners”

Clayesmore has received a glowing report from the ISI inspection team, which visited the School shortly before half term. They were keen to feed back on the pupils’ attitudes towards learning and each other, the remarkable relationships between staff and pupils and the palpable sense of kindness, courtesy and community that pervades the life of the School.

The Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection has two parts, one focusing on Regulatory Compliance and the other on Educational Quality. In all aspects of compliance, (which covers areas such as safe-guarding, recruitment, health and safety), our policies and procedures were deemed to be robust with all regulatory aspects met and no recommendations.

The Educational Quality aspect, which reports on the quality of the School’s work, focused on two key outcomes: the achievement of the pupils, including their academic development, and their personal development. Highlights of the report included, “pupils throughout the school achieve well in their academic work and often excel in activities beyond the classroom” and “the school’s successful emphasis on knowing each pupil’s needs, and meeting these with individually tailored teaching and curricular support, ensures good outcomes with regard to pupils’ progress and development,” while “the most able pupils often achieve results that reflected their ability”.

The school was also particularly commended for its approach to mental health and wellbeing, and the inspectors commented on the pupils’ own moral awareness, sensitivity to each other’s needs and appreciation of the non-material aspects of life.

Commenting on the report, Head of Clayesmore, Jo Thomson said: “The report confirms all that we know to be special about Clayesmore and is testament to the all the hard work of our governors, staff and pupils. I am very grateful to our parents for their overwhelming responses in the questionnaires which showed their immense support for all that we do for our pupils. We will obviously be reviewing our practice in light of the one recommendation the inspectors made but we will continue to nurture and support the children in our care so that they are able to develop and achieve beyond all.”

The Independent Schools Inspectorate

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is a 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.

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