Downe House rated ‘excellent’ in ISI Inspection 2017

There was cause for delight all round this month as the key findings of the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s March inspection at Downe House acknowledged the excellent work of the staff in fulfilling the School’s aims and the outstanding achievements of the pupils in academic studies and personal development.

The report found that, ‘Pupils develop into young women with high levels of self-esteem, well prepared to face their future confidently and boldly.’

Headmistress Mrs Emma McKendrick enthused, “For my part, I am delighted that the Inspectors have captured the essence of the School so effectively, have recognised all that the staff contribute with such dedication and skill every day and have, most importantly, been able to appreciate the girls, all that they achieve and the people that they are.”

Also recognised was the excellent academic achievement of the pupils in public examinations, the clear, professional, well-planned teaching, exceptionally articulate pupils and an extensive range of extra-curricular pursuits. Pupils were said ‘to approach their academic and other challenges spiritedly and with a sense of adventure.’

From a personal development perspective the inspectors found that ‘the pupils behave extremely well, displaying a genuine concern and respect for one another’ and that they ‘make excellent progress in developing self-confidence and resilience by engaging in a wide variety of imaginative and challenging activities.’

In line with the School’s boarding aims, the boarding provision was rated of very high quality and Downe was found to be ‘a real home from home,’ a testament to the exceptional dedication of the Housestaff.

On global matters the report found that the ‘girls are appreciative of needs in this country and other cultures and issues in the wider world’ and ‘pupils undertake ambitious charity work at home and abroad,' a full reflection of the School’s aim to develop girls with a global outlook who can play a positive part in the world as outstanding women of the future. The Downe House spirit is alive and well!

To read the full report, please click on the ISI logo in the footer of the Downe House website.

Posted: 11th Apr 2017

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