‘Pupils flourish’, in a community which, ‘inspires them with strong moral values and enjoyment through learning.’

We are delighted to update parents on the outcome of the ISI inspection carried out in February earlier this year.  The report has just come through and we want you to see first-hand the glowing praise of the School’s teaching, learning and personal development. It has been seven years since the inspectors walked the corridors and classrooms of our campus for a full inspection. Since then, inspection criteria has shifted with the focus firmly on two areas; the quality of our pupils’ academic and wider achievements, alongside the quality of our pupils’ personal development.

There were enthusiastic words of commendation for our Prep School, noting that ‘children make excellent progress’ and ‘in both the prep and senior school’ pupils of all abilities ‘make good progress across the range of subjects’. Inspectors continued: ‘Pupils from the Nursery to the Sixth Form display very well-developed communication and listening skills.’  Pupils have a ‘can do’ attitude and ‘a determination to succeed in all they do’ and ultimately, that ‘pupils are nurtured into rounded individuals with a positive work ethic and strong moral values.'  Significant praise went to our provision for pupils with ‘educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and for whom English is an additional language who make consistently good progress’ and who are ‘exceeding expectations'. It is of note that the inspectors commented on our ‘high-quality resources and increasingly rigorous monitoring of teaching and learning’ ensuring that ‘pupils continue to achieve well.’ 

Outside the classroom the inspectors were full of praise for the ‘excellent’ quality of our pupils’ personal development. Not only did they highlight how pupils of all ages ‘demonstrate high levels of self-knowledge and self-confidence’, but that ‘pupils flourish’ in a community which ‘inspires them with strong moral values and enjoyment through learning.’ The report also acknowledged the challenge of balancing academic study with co-curricular activities: ‘pupils make wise and sensible decisions’ and ‘develop a reflective approach towards their studies and successfully manage their commitments.’  Of significance too was the observation that our pupils ‘are proud of their work and demonstrate resilience and a determination to do well in response to the excellent teaching and pastoral guidance they receive.’  Endorsing our sense of community, the inspectors observed that our pupils have a ‘strong sense of right or wrong . . . treating each other with respect and kindness.  Older pupils show real care in helping to mentor younger ones.’

Headmaster, Matt Williams, was delighted with the report: “In the last six months we have crystalised the aims of the School to a single sentence: ‘To develop and nurture rounded individuals with a love of learning and strong moral values, within a supportive and inspiring community.’ To have received an inspection report that not only indicates that we are achieving that aim, but going well beyond it, is testament to the dedication and commitment of the whole community. We have always said that a Warminster education is as much about what happens outside the classroom as within it, and therefore to receive a grade of ‘Excellent’ for the pupils’ Personal Development is very pleasing indeed. I hope you will take time to read the report in full, as there are many wonderful comments and phrases that give a real flavour for the school at this time. We will also take on board the recommendations made by the inspection team and keep working to make sure we continue to be one of the best schools of our type in the country.”

Read the full report here.