Regulatory Compliance Inspection
All independent schools throughout the country are required to receive a regulatory compliance inspection, conducted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. There are eight standards against which each school is judged -
- Quality of education provided (Curriculum & Teaching)
- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
- Welfare, health and safety of pupils
- Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
- Premises and accommodation
- Provision of information
- Manner in which complaints are to be handled
- Quality of leadership in and management of schools
For each of the eight standards, there are an additional 34 subcategories (broken down into another 150+ descriptors) that inspectors are required to satisfy themselves that the school is fully compliant with.
In addition to lesson observations, interviews with members of staff (teaching and administrative), interviews with the children and a detailed interview with Governors a considerable amount of time was spent with me in my guise not just as Head but also as the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
A peculiarity of the report is the relative brevity of detail for standard 4 - Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors. This standard concerns the recruitment process and ensuring that members of staff possess a current DBS Check, are aware of the relevant protocols for safeguarding, (Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016), PREVENT) and that the school has a complete and up to date Single Central Register. The succinctness of language in the report relating to this standard does not necessarily reflect the demands and importance placed on this particular aspect.
Some aspects of the regulations are quite specific. There are, for example, specific school policies that must be available to parents on the website. There must be a paper copy of the Health and Safety on display for parents. There must be signage prohibiting mobile phone usage on site and the prohibition of smoking on site, to name but a few.
It is all well and good having a policy but the inspectors must satisfy themselves that the policies are actually being followed. Registration, signing in procedures, absentee checks, supervision and the adherence to health and safety regulations (including COSHH) again, to name but a few, are observed. Staff and children are also quizzed to ensure that they know and follow these policies and regulations.
I am delighted to confirm that we were successful in meeting each of the eight standards and that we are fully compliant against the Independent Schools Standards and Regulations as judged by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
You are welcome to read the report by following this link -
However succinct the report might be, I have rarely been so happy to see the word 'met' especially because it appears next to each of the eight standards.
You will have been aware of my delight at the outcome of the inspection (I hope that you read 'between the lines') in the previous edition of the Deerstalker. It is important that I express my thanks to all members of staff for their extraordinary hard work not just during the two days of inspection but also in the last two years whilst we had been waiting for the call.
Our next inspection is likely to be within the next three years and will be an Education Quality Inspection.
I wil be discussing the content of the report in more detail at my coffee morning on Tuesday 25th April, 8.45am.
I would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring the children are wearing the correct uniform to school. Black school shoes should be worn, white socks for girls and grey socks for boys. Children from Reception to Year 3 are required to wear a blazer. Our school uniform is a source of great pride and I would be grateful for your assistance as we remind the children of the need to ensure shirts are tucked in and that they leave the school as smartly as the arrive.
Representatives of the School Council met with Mr Howard Cheyne of Lester Bowden to feedback the thoughts of their classmates on how we can further improve the uniform. Once I have received samples of the suggested alterations I will be contacting you all for your thoughts in advance of September 2017.
Mrs Barikor has kindly established a Facebook page where you can request, post, sell and even donate spare items of uniform. Please follow this link to access the page -
Please ensure that all items of clothing are named. We do what we can to return lost property. We would be grateful if you could assist us in ensuring that items are labelled.