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Outstanding Inspection Report

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has this week published its report on the City of London School for Girls in the Barbican following an inspection that took place from 20 to 23 January 2015. The report confirms the exceptional quality of the education provided by the school and how well it achieves its mission statement, ‘aiming for excellence in all we do in the education and development of young women’.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) has this week published its report on the City of London School for Girls in the Barbican following an inspection that took place from 20 to 23 January 2015.

The report confirms the exceptional quality of the education provided by the school and how well it achieves its mission statement, ‘aiming for excellence in all we do in the education and development of young women’. The inspectors have awarded the school the highest possible grades in all categories.

Pupil achievement received a grading of exceptional, which is only awarded to 5% of all inspected schools. Highlights in the report also include observations that curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent and has strengthened since previous inspections. The report also comments on the strong relationship between the highly committed teachers and pupils, “enabling them to become highly proficient independent learners”. 

The report recognises the excellent quality of teaching at City:  “imaginative, stimulating and challenging lessons help pupils to develop a love of learning and the girls are eager to go beyond the taught syllabus” and “opportunities for independent learning abound. Teachers and pupils are encouraged to pursue personal research”. The inspectors noted how girls are consistently stretched in a stimulating intellectual environment, reflecting a love of learning : “pupils appreciate the value of learning for its own sake and are not driven by material or competitive ideals”.

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was also regarded as excellent, the report describing Prep pupils as “confident and articulate” and senior students as “self-aware and emotionally mature”. Praise was given to the RPE, PSHCEE and Global Perspective courses at the school. Pastoral care, welfare, health and safety as well as governance, leadership and management were again deemed excellent, with the well-being of the pupils being actively promoted by school leaders.

Headmistress, Mrs Ena Harrop, has commented, “We are pleased with such a fantastic report, which encapsulates so well what an exceptional school City is. This is a school defined by its highly committed and professional staff, its academic ambition, its focus on personal growth and by its richly diverse community. City is the perfect environment for girls passionate about learning to thrive”.

The City of London School for Girls Chairman of Governors, Sir Michael Snyder, also stated, “The reports captures very well the ethos of the school and in particular its supportive and collaborative atmosphere.”

The report indeed reflects the diverse nature and true spirit of the school, which continually aims to improve the outstanding education provided to young women.

Read the report here: http://www.clsg.org.uk/page/?title=inspection+report&pid=119