ISI Routine Inspections 2023

Ruckleigh School was inspected by Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in November 2023 and we were delighted to get the best possible outcome.

While the framework no longer provides a qualitative judgement [ ie. ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ etc] the report is extremely positive and notes that the school meets all regulatory requirements.

Highlights of the report include:

  • Leaders provide a warm and supportive environment
  • Leaders listen carefully to the views of the students
  • Pupils are respectful of each other and understand the diverse society in which they live
  • Pupils are provided with many opportunities for artistic expression….this is seen in the imaginative and high-quality art work on display
  • Pupils achieve success in entrance and scholarship exams to senior schools with selective entrance requirements. In 2023 all pupils gained places at their choice of senior school with around a third of candidates achieving scholarships

The full report makes excellent reading and speaks, as all visitors do, to the maturity and diligence of our pupils and the commitment of all staff. 

ISI Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection Reports 2019

Ruckleigh School received the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection Reports, following the inspection in May 2019. 

The Educational Quality Inspection reports on the quality of the school’s work. It focuses on the two key outcomes:

  • The achievement of the pupils, including their academic development.
  • The personal development of the pupils.

In both categories Ruckleigh School received the highest grade possible: Excellent.

Key findings:

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.

  • Pupils throughout the school make excellent progress over time, and levels of achievement are high.
  • Pupils express themselves confidently and articulately.
  • Pupils’ attitude to all they undertake is mature and positive.
  • From the early years onwards, pupils are happy, energetic and enthusiastic learners.

The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.

  • Pupils successfully live up to the school’s stated aims and are learning to adapt and thrive in the ever-changing world.
  • Pupils throughout the school show excellent confidence and self-awareness.
  • The pupils display a genuine concern and respect for others, in this inclusive and caring community.