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Inspectorate backs Boys’ School’s Rigorous Pursuit of Excellence

By Chartered One

Merchant Taylors’ Senior and Junior Boys’ Schools (ages 7-18) are celebrating an outstanding Inspection Report after the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) praised both Schools as being ‘Excellent’ in the key categories of Pastoral Care, Pupils’ Personal Development, Curricular and extra-curricular Provision, Safeguarding, Governance and Leadership and Management..

In the main findings of the report the Inspectors stated that ‘the development of the pupils is excellent’ and commented on how the ‘pupils benefit from much specialist subject teaching’ and that ‘highly motivated and enthusiastic, pupils respond well to academic rigour.’

Headmaster, Mr David Cook, said “we are very proud of this Report. A major finding of the inspection was the excellent quality of our boys’ personal development within and outside the classroom. We have a strong team of dedicated teaching staff who were commended highly for their pastoral care. Our specialist teaching and learning is focused towards boy friendly teaching; we are a member of the International Boys’ School Coalition and we know how to motivate boys to achieve their best”. The Inspectors met many pupils through focus groups and remarked that “they are self-confident with no hint of arrogance. They have a purposeful sense of what they want to do next and are ready to meet the challenges of adult life”.

In a time when Inspections rely heavily on parents’ and pupils’ feedback, rather than the word of the School and teaching staff, Mr Cook was delighted with the outcomes of the Inspection. He said “Mrs Thomas and I would like to thank all the parents that were involved in the Inspection process and we are thrilled with the ISI’s independent survey results, reporting that ‘parents are extremely satisfied with educational standards and the support their children receive and the excellent and efficient communication with the school.’

We are especially proud of the boys; they already know they are part of a great School but this report spells it out.”