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‘Excellent in all areas’ – ISI Report December 2022

10th February 23

We are delighted to announce that Halliford School has been judged ‘Excellent in all areas’ in our Independent Schools Inspection Report. We were inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in December 2022, and the report highlighted that ‘The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent’ and ‘The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.’

ISI inspects more than 1,300 independent schools in England, and safeguarding is a focus of all inspections. The highly experienced inspection team of four inspectors observed all aspects of life at the school, including lessons, co-curricular activities, morning break and lunchtimes. They also interviewed significant numbers of staff and students and reviewed surveys completed by students, staff and parents.

Inspectors, like all visitors to Halliford School, were bowled over in their many meetings with Halliford students. There was barely a student who did not come into contact with the inspection team, and over half the students were formally interviewed as part of this process. One of the inspectors at the end of the process commented that Halliford is a school where students are recognised wholeheartedly for who they are and feel free to talk, safe in the knowledge that staff will always listen.  That we achieved this at the end of the first full term of activities following the pandemic is testament to the strength of expertise and the consistent excellence to which we are all, as members of the Halliford School community, totally committed.

Headmaster, Mr James Davies, is delighted and enormously proud of all members of the school community for all their efforts and enormous achievements, which have contributed to this outstanding result. “It is testament to the hard work of our students and staff and the support of the parent body. The inspection team commented that rarely had they ever known such high levels of student and parent satisfaction in a school. I am so pleased that in the time the inspectors were at Halliford, they could obtain a truly accurate reflection of what it means to be a Hallifordian. Ours is a community which thrives to ensure we aspire to the very highest of standards for the young people that our parents place into our care, and it is an absolute privilege to be Headmaster of such a wonderful and inspiring group of students, colleagues, parents and friends. We now look forward to building on this success as we take our school community forward to the next exciting chapter in our rich history.”

It is with enormous pride and gratitude to all in the Halliford School community that we share the report of this visit below, which you will see has rated our Educational Quality as being ‘Excellent in all areas’.


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