Our school is a Member of:

The Independent Schools Council
Independent Schools Association

Therefore, the school is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI); a government approved and monitored regulatory body. We are required to comply with all Independent School Regulations, as per all educational institutions within England.

Currently ISI compliance inspections take place every 2 – 3 years, and the feedback facilitates school improvement.

Involvement in an on-going regulatory protocol fosters excellence and ongoing improvement in a school. The question is not if we want a better school, but how we will assure continuous school improvement. These provisions provide a systematic process that requires a school to ask why it exists, to establish a vision of its future, and to determine specific objectives for reaching that vision.

The information surfaced through the protocols serves as a sound basis for school improvement, strategic planning, restructuring, and staff development.

  • The process examines the entire school – its philosophy and goals, its community, its programs and services, the facilities and financial stability.
  • It provides a way to manage change through regular assessment, planning, implementation, and reassessment.
  • It helps schools establish priorities for improvement by using thorough needs assessments, rather than faddish approaches to improvement.
  • It requires a school to establish and implement an improvement plan based upon its vision of the future. Desired school-wide results are a part of the perpetual accreditation cycle that includes:
  • School self-assessment that identifies areas of strength and areas for improvement in the current educational program for students.
  • Insight and perspective from the evaluation team.
  • Regular staff assessment of progress during the intervening years between full self-studies.
  • The accreditation process helps to ensure greater continuity of student experiences through continuous clarification of the school’s direction.

Our inspection reports:

St Nicholas School ISI Regulatory Compliance 2015