ISI Inspection Report 2016

In 2016 Bishop Challoner School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. We are pleased to announce that we met all the Compliance standards with no action points. The Quality of Pupils’ Academic and other Achievements has been graded as ‘Good’ and the Quality of the Pupils’ Personal Development has been graded as ‘Excellent’.

It is important to note that the school inspections within the independent sector have now changed and the current inspection framework uses different criteria and grade descriptors from previous inspection frameworks. The judgements made on this inspection are, therefore, not directly comparable to judgements made on previous inspections.

The headline judgements are now graded ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sound’ or ‘unsatisfactory’ for Educational Quality. There is no longer an ‘outstanding’ grade under the new system so the highest grade possible is therefore ‘excellent’.

A full copy of the ISI Inspection Report is available to view or download from this page.

Here are some extracts from the report:

“Pupils take an active approach to their learning outside of the classroom. Their attitudes to homework are positive, and the tasks that they are set engage and develop their learning.”

“Children in EYFS display an excellent attitude to learning. They are independent learners who are keen to explore their environment. They display resilience and a willingness to work collaboratively. Junior school pupils have outstanding attitudes to learning.”

“Pupils demonstrate high levels of self-discipline; they move around the school site in a disciplined and mature manner. In lessons they engage quickly with learning activities and sustain excellent levels of concentration due to the high expectations from staff.”

“Pupils throughout the school have a highly developed spiritual understanding. In interview they expressed their appreciation of the spiritual aspects of life such as the power of prayer for others; their appreciation of the Catholicity of the school permeates every aspect of its life.”

“The culturally diverse pupil body respects each member of the community, and pupils treat each other with great kindness around the school.”

“Pupils’ personal commitment to the school and the local community is very strong, they are beacons for the school in the community.”

Paula Anderson, Headteacher

December 2016

Inspection Summary Leaflet


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    Letter From the Head re Inspection Download
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    Compliance Inspection Report Download
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    Education Quality Inspection Report Download