ISI Reports

Feb 2018 Regulatory Compliance Inspection

The Inspection in February 2018 was a compliance only inspection and as such reports only on the school’s compliance with the regulatory standards. The standards represent minimum requirements and judgement are given either as met or as not met. If any standards are not met the school is given a period of time to address them in preparation for a re-visit usually 6 months after the inspection has taken place.

The first standard that was not met  was the requirement for an updated Grade 1 Fire Risk Assessment. The school currently has compliant fire procedures performed by the school on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and is monitor yearly by a Fire Liaison Office however our last Grade 1 Fire Risk Assessment was conducted over 3 years ago, so we were actioned to undertake an updated assessment as soon as possible.

I am pleased to inform you that a Grade 1 Fire Risk Assessment took place during the February 2018 half term holiday and we scored 81%. The report recommended to update our final exit door signs and also to provided extra fire protection in the loft and boiler room. The above work has already begun and is nearing completion.

The second standard that was not met was in the area of new staff recruitment and the process in which we full fill our regulations in regard to the inputting of data into our single central register.

In order for us to meet the standard the school will need to demonstrate that a new member of staff will not start their employment without a risk assessment or until the school has received a Disclosure and Barring Service Form.

Thank you to the many parents who competed the Inspectors questionnaire. The Parental and pupil satisfaction from the questionnaires were very high, scoring over 90% in all the categories.

Thank you also for the support and commitment that you all continue to give to the school. I am sure that you will all be pleased with the actions that the school has taken since receiving the outcome of the Regulatory Compliance Inspection last week and the progress that the school and pre-school continues to make in all areas since the last Educational Quality plus Focused Compliance Inspection. Our next scheduled Educational Quality plus Focused Compliance Inspection will be in Feb 2021 which we are aiming to achieve ‘Excellent’ in all areas.

The full report may be downloaded using the following link: Ghyll Royd RCI 2018

Feb 2015 Educational Quality plus Focused Compliance 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.’

The full report may be downloaded using the following link: ../uploads/Ghyll Royd Final (3).pdf