The latest report on Haileybury from the Independent Schools Inspectorate ( November 2014 ) confirms that we provide a high quality all–round education for our pupils and are fully compliant with all regulatory requirements.
The inspection, which was conducted by eleven inspectors over four days at the end of September, was thorough. They observed lessons, interviewed pupils, examined samples of pupils’ work, conducted formal interviews with senior members of staff and with governors (including the Chairman), observed co-curricular activities and attended registration sessions and assemblies. In addition, all parents/guardians and pupils were invited to complete a confidential survey. As a consequence of this thoroughness, I believe that the report is a fair and accurate reflection of the standards achieved at Haileybury.
One of the standout judgements in the report is “The quality of the pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent” (“excellent” is the ISI’s equivalent to an “outstanding” grading in an Ofsted report). This is a testament to pupils’ hard work and the dedication of our teaching staff. It underlines our aim to foster excellence in scholarship and academic studies and demonstrates how well our directed learning styles, the "Haileybury Habits", are embedded in the fabric of Haileybury’s daily routine.
Co-curricular provision has been rated as “excellent”. The breadth and depth of activities we provide contributes to individuals’ personal development, leadership and team skills and helps instil a sense of the importance of service to the community. Indeed the quality of personal development is clearly recognised in the report: “This high level of personal development is seen in the pupils’ confident, respectful and courteous manner. This fulfils the aims of the college and embodies its ethos and values”.
In terms of caring for our pupils, the report highlights that “the contribution of arrangements for pastoral care is excellent”; it also rates the food, boarding provision and boarding care as “excellent”. On such a relatively short visit, the inspectors were able to understand our culture and appreciate that Haileybury is a happy and purposeful place.
Our ambition for all of our pupils is that they will leave Haileybury, having gained entry into their first choice of university. We also want them to be well-rounded, decent individuals with an eagerness to contribute to society at large. The inspectors acknowledge that “They have excellent moral and exceptional cultural awareness” - this endorsement is a welcome confirmation of our whole person approach towards education.
However pleasing the overall rating is, the Haileybury teaching staff are by no means complacent and we embrace the challenge to further enhance our pupils’ learning experience. We welcome the one and only recommendation within the report to provide “…consistently challenging work and detailed assessment” and our Governors, Senior Leadership Team and teachers are fully engaged in developing the way forward, ensuring Haileybury continues to grow from strength to strength.