Hereford Cathedral School receives excellent inspection report .
Exemplary governance, visionary leadership and a committed, well-qualified staff have together created an extraordinarily supportive environment in which pupils’ personal development is nurtured to outstanding levels. So concludes Hereford Cathedral School's 2009 Independent Schools Inspectorate report.
Headmaster, Paul Smith, said: ‘I am delighted with this report which highlights Hereford Cathedral School’s core values. The school is already acknowledged for its high standards of teaching, pastoral care, learning and attainment, and so it is especially pleasing that these are all areas recognised as growing in strength. It is also gratifying that the inspection team rated the school’s range of extracurricular activities as outstanding.’
The ethos of the school was identified as a key asset:
The school provides a high quality of pastoral support and guidance for its pupils, with some outstanding features. It is the major contributing factor to the school’s successful achievement of its aim to create an extremely supportive, tolerant environment, in which pupils feel valued and can develop every aspect of their potential.
The school successfully fulfils its aim to nurture an enjoyment of learning and provide opportunities for all pupils to fulfil their potential.
The report concludes that there are no major weaknesses and recommends that to improve still further the school should focus on disseminating the expertise to be found in the many examples of inspiring teaching and supportive tutoring, monitor the implementation of policies and procedures, improve the quality and quantity of ICT usage, and consider expanding provision of community service and work experience.
Commenting on the report’s findings, Paul Smith said:
‘These are all sound recommendations, which will help the school continue to develop, and build upon its current strengths. Overall this is a very positive inspection report and I commend the pupils, staff and parents for all that they have achieved.’
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspects schools according to a standard framework for inspection which it has laid down for the purposes of ensuring that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements. This framework has been agreed with the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and they have recognised the ISI as the body responsible for the regular inspection of schools in England which are affiliated to the Independent Schools Council (ISC).