Staff and students at Ratcliffe College are celebrating inspection success once more, having been judged compliant its latest Focused Compliance Inspection, which took place in the last week of the Spring Term.
Ratcliffe College was judged to be excellent in all nine categories in their most recent educational quality inspection in 2015. The Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) is the body which inspects all independent schools on behalf of the Department of Education. A team of three inspectors spent two full days carrying out the Inspection, the purpose of which was to check whether the College meets the minimum standards set out in the Independent Schools Standard Regulations and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding. The inspection covered all three sections of the College: Nursery, Preparatory and Senior Schools.
Following changes to government legislation, the inspection model for independent schools changed in 2017. The previous inspection cycle was revised and independent schools now receive two types of inspection as part of the new inspection framework; a Focused Compliance Inspection (FCI) every three years, as well as an Educational Quality Inspection every six years. As Ratcliffe College received the equivalent of an educational quality inspection in March 2015, where it was judged to be excellent in all categories, the school was scheduled to receive an FCI this year. While this is a type of inspection that all schools should expect to achieve compliance, it is very pleasing and reassuring to have this confirmed by ISI.
Headmaster, Mr Jonathan Reddin said, “A great deal of hard work goes on, daily, to ensure that the College is well led and effectively managed so as to meet the appropriate standards in all aspects of the education we offer. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to thank the staff – teaching and support, the Governors, the Senior Leadership Team, the students and our parent body, for all their support of the College, to ensure that we continue to set the highest standards for our School.”
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