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ISI Inspection 2019

Exeter Cathedral School was delighted receive a glowing inspection result following an Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) Inspection in May 2019. Inspectors praised the School’s overall educational quality and awarded it ‘Excellent’ in all areas. Exeter Cathedral School: ‘Excellent’ in all areas says Recent School Inspection

The ISI Inspection report found that ECS was ‘Excellent’ when considering the quality of its pupils’ academic achievements and personal development. ‘Excellent’ is the highest possible grade awarded to independent schools by the Independent School Inspectorate and ECS is thrilled to be formally recognised as ‘Excellent’ in all inspection areas.

The ISI Inspection viewed the independent day and boarding school in the heart of Exeter as ‘highly successful in its aim to develop children as independent learners’. Key findings of the ISI Inspection report praised ECS pupils for their excellent attitudes towards learning, academic and non-academic achievements, their ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills in multiple areas of learning and the way in which they confidently communicate.

The report went on to commend the excellent level of pupils’ development demonstrated in their class work and interpersonal conduct. The report noted that pupils share a clear sense of respect for themselves, others and towards their community; they understand the importance of school values and good habits, demonstrating how to keep themselves safe, fit and healthy (mentally and physically).

Overall, pupils were described as ‘happy, confident, and self-aware of their achievements.’ Furthermore, it was noted that pupils are ‘effective communicators, with outstanding oracy, literacy and listening skills.’

Some of the School’s unique strengths were also noted by inspectors, from the ‘confidence and resilience’ of the choristers as they engage in their choral duties, to the various positions of responsibility held by pupils (school council, librarians, prefects, sports captains, etc.). All fostering a sense of pride and commitment in the School community.

This report is a significant achievement for ECS and recognises the hard work and commitment of its staff and pupils and is proof of the academic and pastoral progress that the School has made in the last few years.

Take a moment to enjoy our celebratory ISI Inspection video:

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