Independent Schools Inspectorate analyse two main things:

  • whether the school complies with the various standards, regulations, and legal requirements of an independent school
  • to judge the quality of education on offer at the school through the lens of pupil achievement – both academic and otherwise – and the pupils’ personal development.

Compliance is a pass/fail judgement, while the educational quality is judged on four levels– poor, satisfactory, good, and excellent.

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

ISI Inspection

May 2022 Integrated Inspection

Wellington College was recently inspected in May 2022, and the inspectorate were most impressed with all that they observed. Compliance was passed with flying colours, with the Reporting Inspector commenting that there was “not even a whiff of non-compliance” at the College. Wellington was also judged excellent for both pupil achievement and personal development, a result that confirms Wellington’s insistence on the highest standards of educational provision.

This was the best possible outcome for the College, and one that not only gave great pleasure to pupils, parents, and staff – but also provides an affirmation that allows us to move forward with confidence.

Here are some of the highlights:

“The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent.” ISI Inspection

“Pupils are well prepared for the next stage of their lives and their education.” ISI Inspection

“All pupils agreed that boarding has helped them to become more confident and independent”

“All pupils achieve excellent academic standards in public examinations”

“The school’s commitment to developing its digital strategy enables easy access to a wide range of learning resources.”

“Pupils are empathetic and supportive of one another and highly committed to the school value of respect for others.”

‘All pupils agreed that boarding has helped them to become more confident and independent” 

“Pupils enjoy and appreciate opportunities to make a positive contribution to the lives of others within and beyond the school community.”

Read the full report here


March 2018 Regulatory and Compliance Inspection

Following a two-day regulatory and compliance inspection in March, we are delighted to share the Independent Schools Inspectorate report. The College met all the regulatory requirements of the Independent School Standards and National Minimum Boarding Standards, with no recommendations – the best possible outcome for the College.

Although this was a compliance inspection only, meaning that no overall judgements are made, the inspectors looked at all aspects of College life: they observed lessons, visited boarding houses, conducted interviews with staff, students and governors, and examined samples of students’ work. We were thrilled by the feedback gathered from the pupil and parent surveys.

The report highlights the strong academic results achieved by our students, with IGCSE and IB results being ‘higher than worldwide norms’ and A Level results being ‘well above the national average’ for maintained schools.

Continuing to embed our school Values will be one of our strategic priorities for next year and it is pleasing to hear that we are building on what are already solid foundations. The inspectors commented that ‘principles and values are actively promoted’ in the College, which ‘facilitate the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant, law-abiding citizens.’ Our five College Values (Kindness, Courage, Respect, Integrity and Responsibility) underpin all that we do and we look forward to reaffirming and celebrating them over the course of the next academic year.

Read Regulatory and Compliance Inspection here


Read Material Change Inspection Report here


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