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Bryanston rated 'Excellent' in latest ISI Inspection

During the Spring term, Bryanston underwent a ‘Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection’ led by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

The inspection team were on site for three days and during this time, examined all areas of school life, including observations of lessons and co-curricular activities. Formal interviews were conducted with pupils (over 200 pupils sat down and spoke with the inspectors) and staff, and samples of pupils' work across the prep and senior departments were carefully examined. Questionnaires from pupils, parents and staff were analysed, and there was a thorough scrutiny of policies and documentation.

We were rated ‘Excellent’ across the board; the top ‘descriptor’ an independent school can be awarded. Such an accolade across the board is increasingly hard to come by and is a resounding endorsement that the Bryanston Method ensures our pupils fulfil their academic potential.

Head Richard Jones, commented: "I was delighted that the inspectors recognised, and commended, so many different areas of Bryanston life. We pride ourselves on the breadth of all-round education on offer here and the inspectors were keen to celebrate that."

Within the ISI report, there are many positive comments about: standards of teaching and academic progress, pastoral care, impressive pupil behaviour, extra-curricular breadth, leadership and management, food, environmental awareness, community outreach, pupils’ communications skills, and a strong and distinctive whole school ethos.  

Richard continued: "After two challenging years, achieving ‘excellent’ has been our goal; not with the aim of impressing inspectors, but because we passionately believe every pupil at Bryanston deserves nothing less than an excellent all-round education. This has been, and remains, our motivation. At the same time, no school is perfect and there are some useful pointers that we will incorporate into our future plans."

To find out more about our latest ISI report, please click here.

“Pupils develop excellent self-understanding and self-confidence in all that they do. They respond with commitment to the ‘Bryanston Method’, which from Year 6 onwards includes a continuing relationship with a designated personal tutor. Pupils successfully use this relationship as a constant opportunity to reflect on what is going well, what might need improving and what to do next to make continued progress. Consequently, pupils make rapid and sustained advances in their personal development, demonstrating considerable maturity for their age.”