"Excellent in all areas" is an accolade that we are delighted to have achieved in our ISI inspection just before Christmas.
In the penultimate week of the Autumn term, Walhampton underwent a ‘Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection’ led by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. We received just 24 hours’ notice, before a team of five inspectors (all experienced Heads) arrived to conduct a rigorous inspection of standards across the whole school.
The inspection lasted three days and consisted of observations of lessons, assemblies and activities. Formal interviews were conducted with pupils and staff, and samples of children’s work were carefully examined. Questionnaires from pupils, parents and staff were analysed, and there was a thorough scrutiny of policies and documentation. The inspectors left no stone unturned.
We are delighted to report that Walhampton was judged ‘Excellent’ in every area of the inspection. This is the top ‘descriptor’ an independent school can be awarded. With ISI’s recently revised inspection criteria, achieving such an accolade across the board is increasingly hard to come by. In addition to being awarded ‘Excellent’ for the Pupils’ Academic Development and the Pupils’ Personal Development, Walhampton also passed its regulatory compliance inspection with flying colours.
The inspectors recognised, and commended, so many different areas of Walhampton life. We pride ourselves on the breadth of all-round education on offer here and the inspectors were keen to celebrate that. Within their report there are many positive comments about: standards of teaching and academic progress, pastoral care, impressive pupil behaviour, extra-curricular breadth, leadership and management, food, environmental awareness, community outreach, pupils’ communications skills and a strong and distinctive whole school ethos.
Titus Mills, the Headmaster, sent a message to our parents "I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work shown by the entire team – our pupils, staff and parents. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you - our loyal mums and dads - for your continued support in making Walhampton the exceptional Prep school it is. I also want to congratulate your children who were superb ambassadors for the school throughout the inspection."
Two quotes, in particular, say a great deal about Walhampton:
“Pupils develop a strong confidence that anything is possible and within your reach if you set your mind on it, responding to teachers’ constant encouragement to ‘have a go’ and do the best you can.”
“The strong Christian, family ethos and the warm and welcoming environment provides a home from home in which both day pupils and boarders can thrive. This is due to the consistent and positive relationship between pupils and staff, excellent role-modelling, high expectations for pupils’ personal and academic outcomes, and adherence to the school’s core values and ethos which aims to nurture and inspire. Pupils are very well prepared for the transition to the next stage of their lives.”
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