Headmaster welcomes Independent Schools’ Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report

At the end of the Spring term, a team of three inspectors completed their two-day inspection of Dulwich Prep Cranbrook. The inspection was conducted by ISI (Independent Schools’ Inspectorate) which is the Ofsted-accredited agency which inspects all independent schools. The process is painstaking, comprehensive and thorough. The team observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and examined samples of their work. They held discussions with members of staff and with Governors and observed a sample of extra-curricular activities. Inspectors visited all parts of the school, including The Manor House boarding facilities, and reviewed our additional learning and pastoral support provision.  Compliance inspections of independent schools by ISI are carried out every three years, with full qualitative inspections taking place every six years. The compliance inspections ensure that schools continue to meet the high standards set. The Independent School Inspectorate’s Regulations include all areas of the school and are classified into eight areas, in addition to the twenty National Minimum Standards for Boarding. These are:

• Quality of education
• Spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils
• Welfare, health and safety of pupils
• Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
• Premises and accommodation
• Provision of information (for parents)
• Manner in which complaints are handled
• Quality of leadership and management

Mr David commented ‘We are delighted that the inspectors concluded that Dulwich Prep Cranbrook met all these standards and also all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding; it is no insubstantial achievement to pass through the rigorous process in its entirety and we are very pleased indeed to have had such a positive outcome.
All children in Years 5-8 completed anonymous questionnaires for the inspectors and the large number of parents who responded to the online questionnaire clearly showed an overwhelming confidence in the school and the way in which we care for the children. The report itself confirms that the quality of education provided in both teaching and in the breadth of the curriculum enables the pupils to make good progress and that our values actively promote the personal development of the pupils.’

ISI Report