Queen Anne’s School Rated ‘Excellent’ by Independent Schools Inspectorate

Friday 26th May 2017

Queen Anne’s School has been rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for both its academic achievements and personal development.

An ISI inspection focuses on the achievement of pupils, including both academic and personal development. Boarding schools are also inspected for compliance with standards for residential provision.

The 2017 inspection, carried out over two days in March, found that: ‘Queen Anne’s School pupils are educated to a high level in accordance with the school’s aim to promote excellence in all areas of education. They acquire excellent levels of understanding and knowledge in lessons and demonstrate exceptional levels of performance and creativity in their extra-curricular activities.’

The inspectors’ report found that, academically, the school’s pupils are

  • ambitious, purposeful and inquisitive learners
  • extremely articulate
  • exceptional and creative performers in extra-curricular activities

As far as personal development is concerned, the report found that the school’s pupils show

  • respect and tolerance for different beliefs and diversity
  • excellent levels of confidence, supported by the school’s PSHE, Wellbeing and BrainCanDo programmes
  • readiness to assume levels of responsibility

The inspectors also found that the pupils

  • demonstrate very good numeracy skills
  • have skills in the use of computers within the curriculum well above those expected for their age
  • avidly engage and demonstrate their musical talents and achieve national awards in music and drama

Julia Harrington, Head of Queen Anne’s School, said:

‘I am delighted that Queen Anne’s School has been rated ‘excellent’ by the ISI. It reaffirms our philosophy that high aspirations combined with a positive approach to learning creates an environment where girls can grow into motivated, decisive and self-assured individuals. Through this ‘no limits’ approach to their learning and development, the girls produce excellent results and outstanding achievements in every field.’

‘I am also particularly pleased that the inspectors singled out our BrainCanDo programme which I introduced four years ago. The school works with top universities in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and motivation in order to equip our teachers and the girls with strategies to help understand how our brains work and can work most effectively. The girls learn how to revise for exams, keep calm under pressure, handle competition positively, and improve their memories.’ 

To read the full report, please see the links below:

Queen Anne’s School Focused Compliance Inspection for Schools with Residential Provision Report

Queen Anne’s School Educational Quality Inspection Report