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Inspection and Reviews


ISI Report December 2021

When the pandemic arrived the school had just embarked on a new behaviour policy to address some concerns that had been identified in the school and were to be identified in the inspection report in May last year. The disruption of the pandemic unfortunately precluded the embedding of those endeavours whilst lockdown was in place. However, it is with great pleasure that I am able to now thank my staff for their efforts in fulfilling so comprehensively what we had started upon. 

The nature of a compliance inspection, where the standards are either met or not met, does not fully recognise the success of what has been achieved. The inspectors, in their oral feedback to the school, commented on the fact that “an impressive culture change” had been achieved and I am delighted that this very much reflects the commitment from all in our school community, including the families who send their children to Thorpe House, to upholding the very highest standards and expectations of pastoral care.

Report can be read here

ISI Report May 2021

Our Inspection Report can be downloaded above but I felt it important that I provide you with some context of what a Compliance Inspection entails. A Compliance Inspection is not qualitative so is not graded as excellent, satisfactory or needs improvement. To be deemed compliant the school must meet the standards within all areas so the only qualitative word you will read is ‘met’. A Compliance Inspection is very much a health check for the school and informs parents that the school is meeting all the required standards.

The school was judged against over 500 regulatory standards under the umbrella of the 8 main areas which were as follows:

Quality of education provided

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils

Welfare, health and safety of the 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.

Thorpe House is committed to offering the best education and highest standard of pastoral care and we welcome the opportunity this inspection has given us to make improvements in the areas that have been identified. We have been swift to address their action points, reviewing procedure and addressing areas of staff training and working with the pupils. This has been the focus of the school since just before the pandemic began and a full return to school enables us to now implement what we had started upon. 



The Independent Schools Inspectorate is a Government approved inspectorate responsible for the inspection of Association independent schools. Schools in the Associations are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children in 1,200 schools.