Among the gloom, a Salisbury school has found some good news.

Leehurst Swan was found compliant in all components of the recent Regulatory Compliance Inspection conducted by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) at the beginning of March.

The (ISI) is approved by the Department for Education for inspecting schools in the Independent Schools Council Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. ISI inspections are under the arrangements of the ISC Associations for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of their membership.
The inspectors examined the school curriculum and observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and examined examples of pupils’ work. Inspectors held discussions with members of staff and governors, observed a sample of extra-curricular activities and attended pupil meetings. In addition, parents, staff and pupils were invited to participate in a pre-inspection questionnaire and the responses were analysed.

The  examination included:

  • Quality of Education provided
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  • Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  • Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  • Premises of and accommodation at school
  • Provision of information
  • Manner in which complaints are handled
  • Quality of leadership in and management of school

GCSE performances (for years 2017-2019) were ‘above national average for maintained schools’. Inspectors stated that ‘the school’s teaching enables pupils to make good progress, encompasses effective behaviour management and is supported by suitable resources’.