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Hazlegrove Prep School had a Regulatory Compliance Inspection in September 2018 conducted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).  The school met all the Independent School Standards, the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and the relevant requirement of the statutory framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). 

This is the best judgement available following this type of inspection and therefore is a significant achievement for the school. The areas inspected were:

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; Quality of leadership and management of schools.

How do inspectors reach this judgement?

The school only had 48 hours’ notice from ISI and many of its key policies and information were scrutinised prior to any contact with the school.  All parents, staff and children (Years 5 – 8) were asked to complete questionnaires prior to the inspection. These were used to help guide inspectors during their visit.

The inspectors visited the school for two full days and met with a variety of staff and children, visited lessons, scrutinised pupils’ work, looked at all the school documentation, examined all areas of the site, including the boarding houses, checked that policies and procedures were implemented and that all the standards were met.

The key findings across all areas of the school proves that Hazlegrove takes its obligations very seriously and has a framework to ensure that we continue to review what we do.

When is the next inspection?

Inspections occur every three years.  The next inspection is due in September 2021 when the main regulations are scrutinised again, but inspectors also look at the quality of education in more depth.  This inspection is called Focused Compliance and Education Quality.

As ever, our children impressed all those who met them and they were great ambassadors for the school.

Hazlegrove Prep rci report sept 2018
In September 2015, a team of inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) spent four consecutive days in school.

We are delighted that the Inspection Team considered Hazlegrove to be excellent in all nine areas of judgement. Those findings were based on a significant body of evidence derived from lesson observations, scrutiny of pupils’ work, pupil and staff interviews, questionnaires and the scrutiny of pupil and staff records.

Pupils have a strong moral compass, and their determination to be upstanding members of society both within the school community and beyond is evident.
ISI Report 2015

As well as the judgements all being excellent, a word which, incidentally, is used seventy times in the Report, the Inspectors were also particularly complimentary about aspects of school life which are so important to us at Hazlegrove.

A couple of quotes from the report are particularly encouraging:

  • 'The pastoral care of the pupils is exemplary.'
  • 'Pupils have a strong moral compass, and their determination to be upstanding members of society both within the school community and beyond is evident. Their behaviour, courtesy, consideration and kindness towards each other, to new members of their community and to visitors are all exemplary.'
  • 'Relationships between staff and pupils are exceptional.'
  • 'Their achievements in all subject areas are also of the highest order.'

Receiving such a positive report will not however, cause us to rest on our laurels. As the report itself states: ‘The drive to improve means that complacency does not occur in the pursuit of excellence.'

Full ISI Report 2015 

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