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School Inspection

Nearly all ISC independent schools in England are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Department for Education

All independent schools in England are registered with the Department for Education and are regulated directly by the Secretary of State. The DfE can close schools for serious or persistent breaches of standards. As education is a devolved matter, different regimes apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Website: Department for Education

All independent schools in England are registered with the DfE

Independent Schools Inspectorate

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the agency responsible for the inspection of schools which are, or whose Heads are, members of one of ISC’s member associations in England. ISI is a Government approved inspectorate and the quality of its service is monitored by Ofsted on behalf of the DfE. Inspection is for the benefit of pupils and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and welfare. Boarding schools are inspected more frequently than day schools.

Independent Schools Inspectorate
CAP House,
9-12 Long Lane,
London,
EC1A 9HA

Email: info@isi.net
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7600 0100
Website: www.isi.net

Boarding schools are inspected more frequently than day schools

Inspection Reports

ISI reports are public and can be found on both the school and ISI’s website. The reports provide a full account of a school’s provision, including qualitative judgements on pupils’ achievements, the curriculum, teaching, pupils’ personal development, pastoral care, welfare, health and safety, governance, leadership and management.

Unlike Ofsted, ISI does not make a single overarching judgement on a school but instead make a clear judgement on each aspect of its provision using one of four grades: excellent, good, sound and unsatisfactory.

ISI inspection reports are public and provide a full account of a school’s provision