During the first half of the Autumn Term 2014, inspectors from ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) spent three days at Derby Grammar School carrying out a scheduled inspection.
The resulting report is the best in our School's 20 year history. The inspectors confirmed that the School achieves its aim of "providing a high quality of education which allows pupils to flourish in an atmosphere that gives intellectual challenge and celebrates success."
They praised pupils' "highly positive attitude to learning," and "exemplary behaviour [which] reflects their excellent moral development, evident in their strong sense of right and wrong." Pupils were said to be "intellectually curious, self-motivated and have high aspirations both inside and outside the classroom."
Inspectors also noted the strength of the relationships between staff and pupils, saying that "teachers know their pupils well and throughout the school the quality of relationships between pupils and teachers is excellent so learning is seen as a co-operative venture." They commented that these positive relationships, and the relationships amongst pupils themselves "enhance the feeling of belonging that pervades the school."
With regard to the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, the report states that "the broad curricular and extra-curricular programmes at all levels enable pupils to realise their academic and personal potential", going on to say that "the academic curriculum covers all the requisite areas of learning highly effectively", and "extra-curricular provision is excellent and it offers extensive opportunities."
We feel that their report is a fair and accurate representation of our wonderful School.