The quality of the pupils' achievement and learning is excellent.
ISI Inspection report
The Oratory Preparatory School was inspected in November 2017 by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
This was a Regulatory Compliance Inspection, which judges on whether or not a school has met each of the Independent School Standards, as well as the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools, since the school’s last inspection in 2013. There are currently just under 500 regulations in the ISI handbook. The report is written to a strict template and uses very specific, generic wording to report inspectors’ findings. Regulatory Compliance Inspections do not give any information about the quality of education offered by a school and only record whether or not it has met the standards. Therefore, the inspection report will only state ‘met’ or ‘not met’ to a list of regulations. Due to the interrelated nature of the standards, a failure of one standard will often trigger failures elsewhere.
The school was judged to meet the vast majority of standards, including all those relating to the quality of education, pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, the premises and accommodation, provision of information, and the manner in which complaints are handled, and the majority of those relating to welfare, health and safety of pupils. The school was judged not to have met the standards relating to pre-employment checks, largely relating to the administration of contract staff. An action plan was created and the school immediately put in place processes to improve the areas that had been highlighted in the inspection report.
The School received an unannounced progress monitoring visit from ISI in April 2018 to check that its action plan had been implemented. The school received very positive feedback from the inspectors regarding the “significant progress (made) in implementing its action plan” since their previous visit in November 2017. They praised “the school’s arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at the school”, finding them “exemplary in almost all respects”. Despite significant progress having been made, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding one pre-employment check had not been carried out and the date on which another was completed was not recorded, and therefore standards were not met. We immediately rectified these areas raised by the inspectors and are confident that we are now fully compliant.
The report states that “the school has made significant progress…” and that “the school’s leadership actively promotes the well-being of pupils through robust implementation of its safeguarding policy and procedures and through thorough arrangements to promote pupils’ pastoral and welfare needs”. Many schools have found that, whilst checks have been completed, presenting and recording information in a way that satisfies all the requirements reflects the very significant levels of scrutiny that schools are rightly under. A very great amount of work continues to be done in this school to demonstrate best practice.
Please click on the link below to open the pdf file summary of the report.
The Oratory Prep School Progress Monitoring Visit Report April 2018.pdf
The Oratory Preparatory School Regulatory Compliance Inspection Report 2017.pdf