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Following the Independent Schools Inspectorate’s (ISI) Educational Quality Inspection, in October 2022, Embley has achieved the highest possible ‘Excellent’ rating across all areas of our provision for pupil achievement and personal development. In the Focused Compliance Inspection, Embley met every statutory standard. The key findings of the Educational Quality Inspection are as follows and you can read the full report by clicking here.

The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent

  • Pupils have well-developed communication skills. 
  • Pupils are extremely numerate and transfer their skills across the curriculum with ease.
  • Pupils display excellent information and communication technology (ICT) skills, employing these effectively to promote their learning. 
  • Pupils achieve highly in a range of academic and other areas, such as sport, music and drama. 

“Pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding across the curriculum are outstanding, strongly supported by dynamic teaching which incorporates well-structured and carefully paced lessons to foster pupils’ curiosity.”

The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent

  • Pupils have a high level of self-understanding.
  • Pupils exhibit a well-developed spiritual appreciation of the non-materialist aspects of life. 
  • Pupils display excellent respect for, and understanding of, cultural diversity in line with the school’s aims.

“Pupils know themselves well and understand the importance of self-discipline and resilience. Pupils’ self-understanding develops as they progress through each stage of their schooling, nurtured by highly effective pastoral and welfare support, and caring relationships.”


What is an ISI inspection?

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. The inspectors observe lessons, have discussions with pupils and examine samples of pupils’ work. They hold discussions with members of staff and with governors, observe co-curricular activities and attend form meetings and assemblies. Inspectors visit boarding houses and the facilities for the youngest pupils, together with the learning support and educational resource areas. Inspectors consider the responses of parents, staff and pupils to a pre-inspection questionnaire and examine curriculum and other documents.

Find out more

As a next step in your decision-making process, we would be delighted to welcome you to Embley – either at an open event or for an individual tour of our school. Please click here for further information about how to book a visit.