19 January 2023

Double Excellent for Cranford – Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

Cranford has been awarded 'EXCELLENT' in all categories by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) at its most recent Compliance & Educational Quality Inspection. The detailed and robust inspection took place in November 2022 and praised the school for both pupils' academic and personal development.

The ISI Report serves to re-affirm Cranford’s aim and success in providing the highest quality of education and development; to create an environment which fosters each pupil’s well-being; to foster a strong sense of community; and to encourage pupils to embrace a sense of curiosity and a life-long love for learning.

The inspectors judge the success of the school and outcomes for pupils under two over-arching categories – the Quality of Pupils Academic and Other Achievements and Pupils’ Personal Development. The school was judged to be ‘Excellent’ in both categories. The report is a rich reflection of school life at Cranford and takes particular note of pupils and pride in their school.

"We are delighted to be able share that Cranford has been awarded the highest possible outcome – ‘Double Excellent’ – in our recent Educational Quality and Regulatory Compliance inspection. I am incredibly proud of our pupils, school and community here at Cranford and a visit from the Inspectorate is always a wonderful opportunity to open the doors and share everything we do in school."

Dr James Raymond - Headmaster

Key Findings

"The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievement is excellent"

“Pupils make excellent progress and achieve well academically”

“Pupils are articulate communicators who listen well and express themselves clearly, both orally and in writing.”

“Pupils are highly motivated, have extremely positive attitudes to learning and are determined to make the most of the opportunities available to them at the school.”

“Pupils develop excellent skills in the broader curriculum through a wide ranging programme of extra-curricular activities.”

"The quality of pupils personal development is excellent"

“The pupils generosity of spirit is notable; they are supportive of each other, have a decidedly strong sense of community , and our proud of their school.”

Pupils of all ages, including in the EYFS, make rapid progress in developing their self-awareness and self-confidence.

Pupils are naturally inclusive and demonstrate particularly strong acceptance of those who have different backgrounds or beliefs to their own

Pupils embrace the many opportunities to improve the lives of others and make an outstanding contribution to the community within and beyond the school

Key parts in evidencing the school’s quality of education included; inspectors observed lessons, examined pupils’ work and spoke directly with pupils, staff and governors. In addition, extra-curricular clubs, sport, music and theatre productions were observed, and pre-inspection questionnaires were sent to parents, staff and pupils which all help contribute to the excellent inspection outcome.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here: ISI Inspection: Focused Compliance & Educational Quality Inspection Report 2023

To view previous Inspection Reports dated from 2014 please click here: Independent Schools Inspectorate: School Information & Reports

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to the Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010, as amended.

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