Following a visit by the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI), Queen Anne’s School in Caversham’s ‘no limits approach to learning’ has been given a seal of approval by the inspectors. The published report cites the overwhelming majority of areas within school as ‘excellent’ – the highest category awarded.
The inspectors visited the school in March 2011 when all areas of school life, including the quality of academic and other achievements, the quality of pupils’ personal development and the effectiveness of governance, leadership and management were judged during the inspection.
Speaking about the report, Headmistress, Mrs Julia Harrington said:
The ISI report is very thorough and an excellent assessment of the quality education that we provide at Queen Anne’s. The inspection team not only recognised that we encourage our girls to have a ‘no limits approach to learning’ but also that the ‘quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent, ensuring that the schools’ aim to enable them to become confident, well-balanced individuals is met with resounding success.
ISI, which enjoys the full support of the Department for Education and Ofsted, inspects independent schools according to a standard framework in order to ensure that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements.
Some highlights from the report include:
The pupils’ overall achievement is excellent. The school meets highly successfully its aim to enable pupils to go on to higher education, and develop their talents fully.
Teaching encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and pupils do this freely. They respond well to encouragement to seek help when required and to the school’s promotion of a ‘no limits’ approach to learning.
The pastoral care provided for pupils throughout the school and arrangements to ensure their welfare, health and safety are excellent. The positive relationships evident in the community reflect the school’s aim to enable pupils to develop strong and enduring relationships.
The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent, ensuring that the school’s aim to enable them to become confident, well-balanced individuals is met with resounding success.
Julia has been Headmistress at Queen Anne’s since 2006. Mrs Harrington added:
For a Queen Anne’s girl, happiness and getting the most out of her own abilities, developing new skills and making a positive difference to the world around her is what life is all about. I am delighted that the ISI inspection report highlighted what we have known for so long. Our academic results at GCSE and A Level are consistently of a very high standard, and all our pupils go on to top universities including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions.