Oldham Hulme Grammar School received a scheduled Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection from the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) between 17-19th September 2019.
Under the ISI framework, Educational Quality Inspections make two key headline judgements about a school. They are the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements and the quality of the pupils’ personal development. There are four possible judgement levels: Excellent, Good, Sound, Unsatisfactory. The two headline judgements we received were as follows:
The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is Excellent
The quality of the pupils’ personal development is Excellent
Focused Compliance Inspection (FCI)
The Focused Compliance Inspection involved scrutiny of school policies and checking the school’s practices.
There are eight standards that independent schools are required to meet: Quality of education provided; Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils (SMSC); Welfare, health and safety of pupils; Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors; Premises of and accommodation at schools; Provision of information; Manner in which complaints are handled; Quality of leadership and management in schools. In the inspection report these standards are either met or not met.
The school is very pleased to have met all eight of these standards. In particular, we were delighted to be told by the Reporting Inspector that there is a culture of safeguarding and anti-bullying in the school.
The Educational Quality Inspection (EQI)
The inspection team were very impressed with the pupils and staff they met, and felt that the school’s leadership and management had a clear view of the ways in which they wanted to improve the school further. They saw lots of excellent lessons and felt that the use of ICT was a strength of the school. We were very pleased to be told about the overwhelmingly positive responses to the questionnaires from pupils, staff and parents.
We are extremely proud of our pupils and this is a testament to their qualities, as well as the dedication of the staff. We are thrilled to have moved the school from a headline judgement of “Good” at the time of its last Educational Quality Inspection in 2010 to headline judgements of “Excellent” in 2019.