Inspection Reports

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report: 2017

Sevenoaks Preparatory School received a Regulatory Compliance Inspection by ISI in June 2017.

This new system of inspection measured our compliance with standards.  There were no descriptions pertaining to the quality of educational provision or management, and the report therefore contains no qualitative judgements (with inspectors not permitted to use words such as “outstanding” or “exceptional”).

Inspectors scrutinised eight areas of the school:

  1. Quality of education provided
  2. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  3. Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  4. Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  5. Premises of and accommodation at schools
  6. Provision of information
  7. Manner in which complaints are handled
  8. Quality of leadership in and management of schools

You will see from the report that Sevenoaks Prep met the standard in all eight areas, with no recommendations for further improvement.  This is the highest possible achievement under this inspection framework.

We are, therefore, extremely proud of this accolade.

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report: 2013

A few quotations have been extracted to give you a taste of the report.

“Parents are highly satisfied with all aspects of the school’s educational and pastoral provision.”

“A significant proportion of teaching, in all areas of the school, is excellent.”

“On leaving the school, pupils successfully move on to the senior schools of their choice. In recent years some have won academic awards to these schools and scholarships in art, drama, music and sport have also been achieved, adding to the school’s historical role of scholarship success.”

“The curriculum is carefully planned to support pupils’ academic development.”

“The school’s arrangements for pastoral care are excellent.”

“The pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development is excellent.”

“Pupils work well, both independently and with others, being well-behaved and demonstrating a good, positive approach to learning.”

“In the EYFS pupils rapidly acquire their skills in reading, writing, problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.”

“Outcomes are excellent.  Children make rapid progress in meeting all of the Early Learning Goals, with many exceeding the targets.”

What is the ISI?

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to the 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.

The ISI website gives more information on the different types of Inspection.