The ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) is the body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council. ISI reports to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements.

The current types of inspection are educational quality inspections and regulatory compliance inspections. These were introduced in 2016. Prior to this integrated inspections took place which covered both educational quality and regulatory compliance.

Educational quality inspections

This type of inspection reports on the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development. Reporting is with reference to contributory factors such as the curriculum, teaching and pastoral care. Our last inspection under this title was in 2014 and this was an integrated inspection. It was the best in our School’s history.

The inspectors confirmed that Derby Grammar 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.”

Learning for the intellectually curious

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.”

Positive relationship building

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, between staff and pupils and amongst pupils themselves, “enhance the feeling of belonging that pervades the school.”

Excellent provision of curricular and extra-curricular activities

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.”

Regulatory compliance inspections

This type of inspection reports on a school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations. Our most recent inspection was in Autumn 2018.

The inspectors were hugely complementary of our School, our pupils and the work that we do here and we met the standards in most areas.