I’m not sure how many schools were inspected in March 2020 as schools were heading towards lockdown but we were one of them!
Amidst the rumours circulating about imminent school closures, a team from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) visited our school on March 11 and 12 for a Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report.
The compliance report is the ‘sister’ report of the main Educational Quality Report which happens every six years or sooner if there are reasons to do so. I am delighted to report that we met the required regulatory standards and we announced our success to our parents on Friday.
Our last Educational Quality Report, which is broadly the equivalent of an Ofsted report in the maintained sector, was in 2017, not long into my own headship so I now feel like we have the full set of ISI inspections!
I would like to thank all of our dedicated staff who worked so hard to ensure we were in an excellent position for any inspection whenever it came and who hosted the Inspectors during their visit – and, of course, our amazing pupils who impressed them with their learning and positive attitudes.
One of the Inspectors actually remarked that it was a ‘privilege to inspect the school’ so I really do not think it could have gone any better.
In 2017, the report noted that ‘pupils’ outstanding achievements enables them to be highly successful in achieving places at the destination schools of their choice’. This is what the outside world knows about us and we are rightly proud about that, especially as we are a non-selective school but reports are about much more than that. They reflect the very high hard work of each and every member of staff and pupil in making The Mulberry House School what it is today.
Now more than ever we are pulling together to support each other and to support our children and never has our community – and sense of community – been more important.