Most Independent schools in the UK, are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI). Heathside currently still operates under the Ofsted framework.
The Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted) is a non-ministerial department of the UK government, reporting to Parliament and the Department for Education (DfE).
Ofsted is responsible for inspecting a range of educational institutions, including some Independent schools, such as Heathside.
Heathside's previous full inspection reports are shown below.
Since the commencement of our boarding facilities in 2018, Ofsted have conducted additional one day inspections. The latest one-day inspection report from January 2019 can be found here.
Ofsted recently published our latest Ofsted 2019 Report following a full three-day inspection which took place in March 2019. The overall judgement of the inspection was that the school Requires Improvement (the rating which replaces Ofsted’s former Satisfactory rating) but the Inspectors noted many areas of excellent practice, in particular in our Lower and Middle Schools.
Whilst there were many positive aspects in the report, there is work to do and the school is committed to getting things right for its talented students and the local community.
Following the previous inspection, the school's new leadership and governance bodies drew up and began implementing an action plan to address the areas it needed to improve and which will ensure sustained progress. These actions were already well under way at the time of the latest inspection and we therefore expect to deliver them swiftly.
The school is committed to achieving the highest standards across all aspects of school life, and is grateful for the support of parents and the dedication of the Headteachers, Deputy Heads and staff who work hard to deliver for students every day.
The focus is now on returning the school to an Outstanding rating as soon as possible.
The key positive aspects of our school noted by inspectors include the following:
Safeguarding including health and safety is effective in the school and the boarding provision. Staff prioritise the safety and well-being of boarding pupils. They are suitably trained in key areas of child protection and provide high levels of support and supervision for boarders.
Vision for the future
The proprietor and other board members share a strong vision for the future for the school and have developed a school improvement plan with senior leaders which has been shared with staff.
Positive learning ethos
Pupils have positive attitudes to learning and school life. There are good relationships between staff and pupils, which contribute to a positive learning ethos across the school. Pupils and parents commented on the kind and friendly atmosphere in the school.
Vibrant learning experience
The learning environment is vibrant and stimulating. Adults engage well with children, guiding and challenging them, asking questions and enabling them to express themselves. Children enjoy a wide range of activities, where they learn both independently and collaboratively.
Breadth of curriculum
The curriculum gives pupils access to a wide range of subjects, experiences and learning including debating, ceramics and wide range of languages.
Parents are very supportive of the school. They value the proprietor's educational vision and recognise the positive impact of the school's ethos on their child's development and learning.