ISI Inspection Reports

Inspection Report 2018

As part of the ongoing cycle of inspection, a team from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) spent three days at Mount Kelly in late March 2018. The inspection was concerned solely with the School’s compliance with the Independent Schools Statutory Requirements, and with the twenty four National Minimum Standards for Boarding. The School was found to be compliant in all areas.

It was a very thorough process, and we are delighted to have secured a successful outcome. More heartening still, however, was the overwhelmingly positive feedback to the parental and pupil surveys that formed part of the inspection process, and we are pleased that the hard work of all the staff at Mount Kelly has been recognised.

Inspection Report 2015

An inspection is a significant event in the life of any school and never more so than when the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) called here at the end of March this year. A team of 11 inspectors spent 4 days observing lessons, interviewing pupils and examining samples of work from across the Foundation. They also interviewed senior members of staff, governors, observed extra-curricular activities and assemblies, visited the boarding houses and conducted a questionnaire survey of both parents and pupils. Regulatory documentation and procedures were also carefully scrutinised.

The inspectors found that:

  • The curriculum is excellent for all ages offering an appropriate range of subjects, courses and individual opportunities for all pupils.
  • Pupils’ personal development is excellent. At all levels in the school their spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth results in self-confident and courteous young people who are proud of their school.
  • The quality of governance, leadership and management is excellent.
  • Pupils are well educated in line with the School’s aims to achieve strong academic performance and to ensure that pupils develop their individual skills and interests.
  • Pupils’ achievements in extracurricular activities are excellent.
  • The EYFS provision is excellent.

‘The fulfilment of the School’s belief, expressed in the Parent Pupil Handbook, that ‘values are caught rather than taught’ is borne out in every area of the pupils’ life at Mount Kelly. The School is successful in meeting its aims of actively promoting an environment of mutual respect in which pupils develop into mature, happy individuals with a keen sense of their place in the wider community.’

I am extremely proud of the report and in particular many outstanding observations made about our pupils; the care and respect that they show for one another; the pride that non-swimmers take in the achievements of their swimming friends and the rapport that teachers have with their pupils are all seen as great strengths of the School.

Such a detailed and in depth review, from an objective source provides us with a robust endorsement of the progress we have made so far, and a great foundation on which to continue to build as we work towards the goals set out in Mount Kelly 2019.

Head Master and Principal of the Foundation