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Inspection Report

From the Chairman of the Governors

Our Inspection, undertaken in June 2018 by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) concentrated on our compliance with a host of regulations to which we must adhere. Such Inspections are only concerned with checking whether a school has ‘met' the requirements or has ‘not met’ them. The wording of Reports of such Inspections are as straightforward as that and do not seek to comment further.

I am pleased that Blundell’s Preparatory School met all the required standards without exception and there are no issues arising that require addressing. Please read the Head’s covering note which will provide some more details and also the Report itself which is below.

Cedric Clapp, Chairman of Governors

From the Head Master

Compliance inspections of independent schools by ISI are carried out every three years with the full qualitative inspections taking place every six years. The compliance inspections ensure that schools continue to meet the high standards set. The Independent Schools regulations include all areas of the School and are classified into eight areas. These are:

  • Quality of education provided
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  • Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  • Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  • Premises of and accommodation at schools
  • Provision of information
  • Manner in which complaints are handled
  • Quality of leadership in and management of schools

I am delighted that the inspectors concluded that Blundell’s Preparatory School met all of the standards; it is a significant achievement to pass through the rigorous process in its entirety and we are very pleased indeed to have had such a positive outcome.

All pupils in Years 5 and 6 completed anonymous questionnaires for the inspectors and the very large number of parents who responded to the online questionnaire request from ISI clearly showed an overwhelming confidence in the School and in the way in which we care for their 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 the School’s principles and values actively promote the personal development of every child.

I am indebted to the teaching and support staff as a whole for all of the hard work and commitment they give to ensuring that we are able to fulfil our aims so successfully and also thank parents for their ongoing support.

Mr Andy Southgate BA (Ed) Hons Exon


You can read the report in full here.