Bishopstrow College is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council. Like OFSTED, ISI aims to achieve excellence in attainment and safeguarding for pupils. Standardised reports on all independent schools are produced by ISI every three years. Reporting is with reference to contributory factors such as the curriculum, teaching and pastoral care.
The reports provide parents, teachers and educational organisations with standards to follow, impartial advice and a consistent and objective schema through which to measure and interpret a school’s performance. Inspections are performed with either two days’ notice, or occasionally with no notice. For this reason, the information that they provide is an accurate and representative insight into how the school in question currently operates.
The current types of inspections are the Regulatory Compliance Inspection and the Educational Quality Inspection. Each inspection takes place over a two day period and uses information drawn directly from pupil feedback, consultation with teachers and the board of governors and anyone else perceived as relevant as well as onsite observations.
Regulatory Compliance Inspections consist of a brief overview of the school’s pupils broken down according to class size, gender and age range and an outline of the school’s mission statement. Schools are expected to meet every requirement which form a set of minimum standards by which to understand a school’s performance. Each category of assessment is deemed either Met or Not Met.
ISI conducted a Regulatory Compliance Inspection of Bishopstrow College in September 2018. The College was compliant, with all minimum standards being Met.