Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Report for St Christopher’s School 2019

St Christopher’s School had its latest regulatory compliance inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate in February 2019.

A team of two inspectors visited the school to rigorously assess whether St Christopher’s met the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014.

These standards are set out in eight parts and include quality of education provided; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils;  welfare, health and safety of pupils; suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors; premises of and accommodation at schools; provision of information; manner in which complaints are handled and quality of leadership in and management of schools.

The report found that St Christopher’s; “meets the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) regulations 2014, and no further action is required as a result of this inspection.”

Headteacher Annie Thackray said: “We were delighted with the significant number of parents who completed questionnaires for the Inspectors which helped them to gain an insight into our unique and ambitious child centred approach. As specialists for the 3 to 7 age range it was a pleasure to share our impressive academic results achieved whilst protecting an experience rich curriculum supported by evidence on our up to date website.”

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.

To read the report in full, please click on the link below:

St Christopher’s School Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report Feb 19

Independent Schools Inspectorate Inspection Report for St Christopher’s School 2016

The Success of the School 

Main Findings:

“The school is highly successful in achieving its aim of providing its pupils with the best possible start to their education. Pupils attain high standards across the curriculum and enjoy considerable success in their extra-curricular endeavours. Pupils of all ages apply their skills, knowledge and understating in literacy and numeracy with confidence in a wide range of contexts, and display mature attitudes to learning. They are reflective and determined learners who rise eagerly to a challenge. The wide-ranging curriculum offers a wealth of opportunities for pupils to learn and achieve. The teaching is excellent and is characterised by detailed planning and assessment which ensure that pupils’ needs and achievements are taken into account, and pupils of all ages and abilities make excellent progress”

“Pupils personal development is excellent throughout the school. They are extremely sociable and take on considerable levels of responsibility with confidence and pride. Relationships between adults and pupils are excellent and facilitate the swift resolution of any difficulties. Arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare, health and safety of pupils are excellent.”

“Leadership and management are excellent throughout the school. Knowledgeable and dedicated leaders provide clear educational direction and constantly seek to improve the school. They ensure that high quality staff are recruited and well supported in order to provide high quality teaching. Governance of the school is excellent. The governing body is highly effective in its oversight of the school and the achievement of its aims. Relationships with parents are excellent.”

Download the St Christopher’s School Inspection Report 2016