Inspection Reports

Boarding Welfare Intermediate Inspection 2016

West Buckland’s boarding provision has been judged to be ‘Fully Compliant’ with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding by the Independent Schools Inspectorate which undertook a Boarding Welfare Interim Inspection in January 2016.

The report can be found, in full, in the link below. It includes some very positive observations from the inspectors relating to the quality of the boarding at the school, the ethos and friendly atmosphere of the boarding community and that our boarders are extremely happy with their boarding facilities.

As is standard practice for this type of inspection, the report does not make qualitative judgements about the quality of provision, only that the school meets the National Minimum Standards. There are just three recommendations for further development, relating to catering, pupil feedback and future training which the school was already acting upon before the inspection took place.

The full report can be downloaded here

Inspection Reports 2013

West Buckland School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in January 2013. The ISI is a Government approved body responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council.

We were delighted to receive an ‘Excellent’ in the majority of judgement areas with ‘Good’ awarded in all other areas.

The ‘Excellent’ rating applied to the following areas:

  • The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning
  • The contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision (including community links of benefit to pupils)
  • The contribution of arrangements for pastoral care
  • The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils
  • The contribution of arrangements for welfare, health and safety

During the inspection, inspectors conducted interviews with pupils and through their discussions found that “the great majority of pupils fully appreciate their education, feel they are well listened to, and take great pride in being members of a very happy school”.

Within each section of the report, there are further very positive comments about a range of more detailed issues. For example, inspectors say that the school's provision of extra-curricular activities is outstanding and enriches the pupils' experience significantly, while Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and English as a Second Language provision receive a number of very positive comments throughout the report. The Early Years and Foundation Stage receive very strong praise on a very wide range of issues. The report says that the great majority of pupils fully appreciate their education, feel that they are well listened to, and take great pride in being members of a very happy school.

Parents will be particularly gratified to know that pupils throughout the school ‘show positive attitudes to learning and (exhibit) exemplary behaviour’!

The two recommendations for further improvement will, of course, be acted upon, as will various other comments within the report which identify areas where we can focus our efforts a little more clearly.

The full report is available here