ISI Report

2015 Inspection

The inspectors were full of praise for the children and their behaviour during their visit. They were very impressed by the children’s positive attitudes to learning, their motivation, confidence and self-esteem, referring to the children’s approach to their academic studies as ‘exemplary’. They were further impressed with the pupils ability to communicate ‘confidently and with consideration, listen attentively and read with fluency and intonation’.

The inspectors deemed the personal and social development of pupils to be ‘excellent’, commenting that they have‘exemplary manners and are consistently courteous in their dealings with each other and adults.’ They also witnessed the exceptional pastoral care provided by the staff at Ghyll Royd in their support and guidance of the children and again deemed this to be ‘excellent’. The inspectors assessed our Safeguarding and Health and Safety to be ‘excellent’. One inspector commenting that we have ‘some of the best systems and procedures I have seen’.

As part of the inspection process parents responded to an online questionnaire and spent time in group discussions with the inspectors. The inspectors commented that ‘The responses to the parents’ questionnaire were overwhelmingly positive and show that parents are highly supportive of the school.’

The inspection acknowledged our individual approach to learning, recognising that ‘children of all abilities develop through individual support’ ensuring that those who are gifted and talented are stretched and those who require additional support receive it. They praised our broad ranging challenging curriculum and also the opportunities available for extra-curricular activities including the wide range of sporting fixtures available to the children.

The inspectors assessed our teaching to be ‘good and sometimes outstanding’ and noted that ‘enjoyment is at the very heart of our classroom practices’.

They assessed the scope of the curriculum commenting that Ghyll Royd offers an ‘excellent range of activities that is extensive for a school of this size.’

An important part of Ghyll Royd is the level of pastoral care it offers, which inspectors commented ‘The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent. Class teachers provide excellent support and guidance for children in their care. They know their pupils well and have good strategies to encourage them to do their best.’

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