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Norwich School receives outstanding inspection results

28 October 2019

Norwich School has received the highest grading possible in all areas of a recent educational quality inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for both Senior and Lower Schools, with a grading of excellent across the board. They also met all criteria to pass all areas of the Compliance Inspection.

Head Master, Steffan Griffiths, is delighted with the positive feedback. “The results of the inspection are outstanding”, he said. “Those involved with the school on a daily basis know that the holistic education on offer has many strengths, but it is reassuring to have our practice so emphatically endorsed by external educational experts.”

The school was judged as excellent in both categories - pupil achievement and pupil awareness, with the key findings below:

Senior School (11-18 years)

The quality of the pupils' academic and other achievements is excellent.

  • Pupils' academic achievement is excellent, as evidenced by their well-above-average performance at GCSE and A level compared to that of pupils in maintained schools.
  • Pupils, including those with SEND and EAL, make excellent progress from their different starting points.
  • Pupils show extremely positive attitudes throughout the school and in all curriculum areas, learning to work successfully, both as individuals and with others.
  • Pupils reach high standards in a range of sports and in music, as well as in a large number of other non-academic activities.

The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.

  • Pupils’ development of spiritual awareness is extremely strong.
  • Pupils show extremely well-developed social and moral awareness in their behaviour and attitudes to others.
  • Pupils throughout the school make excellent contributions to the school and the wider community
  • Pupils develop a strong knowledge of, and appreciation and respect for, their own and others’ cultures and traditions.

Lower School (4-11 years)

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent.

  • Pupils’ attitudes to learning are excellent. As a result, they achieve well with a positive and enthusiastic engagement.
  • Pupils develop a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum, including in information and communication technology (ICT).
  • Pupils’ mathematical achievement and the quality of their writing are excellent.
  • Pupils are extremely diligent and committed to achieving success in physical education, sport and music which results in high group and personal achievement.
  • Pupils’ awareness of their progress and how they can meet their targets is undeveloped.

The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.

  • Pupils demonstrate a high level of self-understanding. They are resilient learners who have a tangible respect for others.
  • Pupils care about each other and work very well together in lessons, extra-curricular activities, school clubs and projects.
  • Older pupils develop strong leadership skills through the many opportunities they are given.
  • Pupils demonstrate a strong understanding of how to keep themselves healthy and safe, both physically and mentally.


Read the full reports here.

Senior School ISI full report

Lower School ISI full report