March 2017

We understand how important an inspection report is when parents are choosing the best school for their child and hope that this short explanation will help you better understand our latest inspection.

Whilst details of the inspection are a good guide to parents we hope that you will be able to pop along  to see us in action and decide for yourself if The Cedars is the right place for your child.

Open Mornings take place each term but we understand that these dates may not always be good for you so please feel free to get in touch to arrange a time that suits you.

Our inspections

Until 2015 we were inspected by Ofsted and they rated us as ‘OUTSTANDING’.

In 2015 we became an accredited member of the Independent Schools Association and their schools are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).

ISI schools are inspected twice over a 6 year period, one inspection is an Educational Quality Inspection and the other is a Regulatory Compliance Inspection. In March 2017 we had a Regulatory Inspection.

This inspection checks that we are doing all that we should do in order to provide the very best education for every child.

As a school this type of inspection is informative as we now know that we have passed all 168 regulations with ease but as a parent the outcome of ‘MET all regulations’ may be difficult to interpret – it’s so much easier to understand the Ofsted language of ‘Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate’ therefore we have put together the information  below to better help you understand what our latest inspection means to our children.

The 8 sections of the regulations are:

  • Quality of Education
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Welfare, health and safety
  • Suitability of staff
  • School premises
  • Provision of information
  • Manner in which complaints are handled
  • Quality of leadership and management

The inspection  is rigorous and in deciding whether or not we met all the regulations the inspectors required evidence.

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The Inspectors:

  • observed all staff whilst teaching
  • looked at the children’s work to assess knowledge and progress
  • spoke to the children
  • took account of confidential parent comments and
  • reviewed all school policies

By meeting all the standards we know that:

Our teachers:

  • understand the ability and needs of each and every child
  • have good knowledge of the subject matter they are teaching
  • assess each child’s work regularly and use this information to plan the next stage in a child’s development.

Our children:

  • acquire new  knowledge in all subjects
  • make good progress, developing their skills.
  • are self motivated and apply themselves,
  • acquire a broad level of general knowledge
  • gain an ability to think and learn for themselves
  • accept responsibility for themselves and their behaviour
  • understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of others

The school ensures:

  • that all our children are safe and well cared for at all times
  • that good behaviour is promoted and that our children are not bullied
  • that parents are kept informed about their child’s progress in all subjects
  • that parents have access to school policies and know that they are put into practice

If you have any questions about any part of the inspection report or the inspection process please do call us.

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