Inspection Reports

Highlights from our most recent Independent School Inspectorate inspection.

Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) - 2019

The recent inspection report was divided into two parts:  The Regulatory Compliance Inspection (RCI) and the Educational Quality Inspection (EQI).

The RCI found that the school was fully compliant.

In the EQI, the key findings were:

The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.

Pupils of all ages show excellent self-confidence, resilience and self-understanding – with special reference to SEND and EAL pupils, as a result of the care and support receive.

Pupils demonstrate excellent willingness to participate in collaborative working, towards a common goal – resulting in the many successes in activities such as Duke of Edinburgh awards, CCF and sport.

Pupils’ spiritual understanding is excellent and they are also very socially aware – with reference to the enjoyment and confidence witnessed during discussions around ethics, philosophy and religions.

Pupils across all ages show very positive and productive attitudes towards their learning – with senior pupils developing greater independent learning skills as they moved up the school.


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Further Highlights

Pupils’ level of attainment and progress over time is good, and sometimes excellent, including those pupils with SEND and those with EAL.

Pupils show high levels of achievement in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities – with the report mentioning the participation rates in the Duke of Edinburgh awards and the high standards in music and drama productions.

Children in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) make good progress and many exceed national expectations on leaving the Reception class – achieved through diligent and effective support from teaching staff.

Pupils of all ages are keen to contribute very positively to the lives of others – referencing voluntary work, fund raising, beach cleans etc.

Pupils have an excellent understanding of how to stay safe and healthy – confidently speaking about the need for a healthy diet, exercise and a balanced lifestyle.

Pupils strongly celebrate cultural diversity within their school community – supported in responses from pupil and parent questionnaires.


The one recommendation for further improvement will, of course, be acted upon, as will various other comments within the report which identify areas where we can focus our efforts a little more clearly.


Boarding Welfare Intermediate Inspection 2016

West Buckland’s boarding provision has been judged to be ‘Fully Compliant’ with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding by the Independent Schools Inspectorate which undertook a Boarding Welfare Interim Inspection in January 2016.

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