Sacred Heart School’s ISI Inspection Report March 2022

The Independent Schools Inspectorate visited the school last term from Tuesday 1st March to Friday 4th March 2022 to conduct a full inspection which comprised of a focused compliance inspection combined with an inspection of educational quality.

During the inspection, three inspectors observed a number of lessons, conducted interviews with pupils and examined samples of pupils’ work. They held discussions with teachers, senior members of staff and governors and they also observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection period, attended registration sessions and assemblies. In addition, the responses of parents and pupils’ questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined regulatory documentation made available by the school. The focused compliance inspection reports on the school’s compliance with the standards and therefore the school is judged by either having met or not met the standard.

The key findings are that the school has met the standards in all areas:
Part 1: Quality of education
Part 2: Spirtitual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
Part 3: Welfare, health and safety of pupils
Part 4: Suitability of staff, supply staff, and proprietors
Part 5: Premises of and accommodation at school
Part 6: Provision of information
Part 7: Manner in which complaints are handled
Part 8: Quality of leadership in and management of school

The educational quality inspection reports on the quality of the school’s work. It focuses on the two key outcomes: the achievement of pupils, including their academic development, and the personal development of the pupils. The school is then graded in the two areas using one of the ISI descriptors: ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sound’ or ‘unsatisfactory’.

The key findings are that both the quality of the pupil’s academic and other achievements, and the quality of the pupil’s personal development have both been graded as excellent.