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Regulations and Compliance Inspection

Posted on February 03 2017

As many of you will be aware, Forest Park underwent a two-day Regulatory Compliance Inspection carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in December 2016 in which the inspection team sought to judge the School’s compliance with Independent School Standards. Standards are overseen by the Department for Education. A copy of this report is available on the School’s website.

Whist the inspectors undertook lesson observations, scrutinised curriculum planning documents, children’s work and attainment and progress data, met with senior leaders and teaching staff and spoke to children at the School, unlike previous inspections, the inspectors were not at the School to reach a judgment about the quality of educational provision or management, thus the report contains no qualitative judgments. Instead, inspectors simply judge whether the School complies with the legislation that applies to schools in eight discrete areas, as detailed below:

1. Quality of education provided

2. Spiritual, moral and cultural development of pupils

3. Welfare, health and safety of pupils

4. Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors

5. Premises and accommodation

6. Provision of information

7. Manner in which complaints are handled

8. Quality of leadership and management

You will see from the report that in each of the areas, following a brief narrative, that the School has 'met the standard' in all areas. This is the highest possible achievement under the current inspection framework and a huge accolade. Across a large number of requirements and regulations, covering everything from the curriculum to health and safety, recruitment to governance and safeguarding, the inspectors found that Forest Park complied with every element and there were no recommendations for the School to do modify or improve current practice.

Many pupils completed anonymous questionnaires for the inspectors and the large number of parents who responded to the online questionnaire request from ISI clearly showed an overwhelming confidence in Forest Park and in the way in which we care for the pupils. 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 the School’s principles and values actively promote the personal development of the pupils.

I am enormously grateful to all my team at Forest Park for the consistently high standards they set, to the support from the governance team at Bellevue and to all the pupils for the part they played in making this such a successful inspection. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank parents who completed the questionnaires that framed the judgments made by the inspectors. The report is clear affirmation of a healthy and successful school.

Nick Tucker

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