Following Repton's March 2014 inspection, the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has now published its resulting report. Repton has been recognised as being “exceptionally successful in achieving its aims” and our pupils “benefit from the many opportunities afforded them by the curriculum and the wide range of activities available”.
The ISI has assessed every one of the nine categories that it examined, including the level of pupil achievement, the quality of personal development, the quality of boarding, the pastoral care provided, the quality of governance and the quality of links with parents, as excellent.
Looking at academic achievement, inspectors found that both our A-level and GCSE results are well above the national average for maintained schools. The report notes that in 2013, 80% of A level passes were awarded grades A* to B and that our International GCSE mathematics results “have been higher than worldwide norms”.
Commenting on the report, the Headmaster says: “We are delighted that the ISI has said Repton School is exceptionally successful in achieving its aim to cultivate each pupil’s unique potential for achievement.
To have achieved an “excellent” rating in each of the nine categories inspected speaks volumes for the hard work of the whole community: pupils, parents, all staff and Governors should be very proud of this outstanding report. Everyone connected with the school deserves the very warmest congratulations
The ISI inspection was carried out from March 18th to 21st by a team of 11 inspectors. They examined samples of pupils’ work, observed lessons and conducted formal interviews with pupils. They held discussions with senior members of staff and with the Chair of Governors, Sir Henry Every Bt. They observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection.
Boarding houses and the medical centre were also visited during the four-day inspection. The responses of parents and pupils to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined a range of documentation made available by the school.
The ISI inspects schools according to a standard framework for inspection which is laid down for the purposes of ensuring that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements. This framework has been agreed with the DfES and OFSTED which have recognised the ISI as the body responsible for regular inspection of schools in England that are affiliated to the Independent Schools Council.