In January 2020, the College was subject to an unannounced monitoring visit at the request of the Department for Education, to check that the College had implemented fully the Action Plan submitted following the short visit inspection conducted in June 2019. During the visit, the inspectors held discussions with the Principal, Senior Leadership Team and other members of staff and met with the proprietors. They visited different areas of the College and talked with groups of students. They also scrutinised a range of documentation, records and policies, including policies relating to safeguarding and the welfare, health and safety of pupils.
Overall, the College was compliant, with all required standards being Met.
Padworth College ISI Progress Monitoring Visit Report January 2020
The College was subject to an Additional Inspection by ISI in June 2019, with a focus on the College’s compliance with the Education (Independent Schools Standards) Regulations 2014 (ISSRs), the National Minimum Standards for Boarding 2015.
Overall, the College was compliant in relation to three of the minimum standards being assessed, but in the case of two of the minimum standards, ISI concluded that these were ‘Not Met’. As a result, the College is now implementing an Action Plan, which will be reviewed by ISI in due course.
Padworth College ISI Additional Report June 2019
Regulatory Compliance Inspections consist of a brief overview of the school’s pupils broken down according to class size, gender and age range and an outline of the school’s mission statement. Schools are expected to meet every requirement which form a set of minimum standards by which to understand a school’s performance. Each category of assessment is deemed either Met or Not Met.
The Independent Schools Inspectorate conducted a Regulatory Compliance Inspection from November 28-29, 2018. A team of three inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and examined samples of their work. They held discussions with members of staff and with the proprietors and observed a sample of extracurricular activities. The inspectors visited all parts of the College, including the boarding houses, together with the learning and pastoral support functions. The responses of parents, pupils and staff to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed and the inspectors examined curriculum and other documentation made available by the College. The responses to the questionnaire were positive and we were very pleased with the number of completed questionnaires that were returned.
Overall, the College was compliant, with all minimum standards being Met. This latest inspection builds on the positive inspection outcome from October 2015, which focused on Padworth College’s educational quality provision.
Padworth College ISI Regulatory Compliance Report November 2018
The College’s educational quality provision was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in 2015. ISI rated the College as ‘Excellent’ in three main areas of educational provision and ‘Good’ in the remainder:
At the time of the inspection, former Principal, John Aguilar commented: “We are delighted with the latest ISI report which reflects the progress we have made since the last Inspection in 2011. The Inspectors paid tribute to the high quality of teaching, the excellent arrangements for pastoral care and remarked upon the happy friendly atmosphere they encountered at the College. The overwhelming theme of the report highlights the caring and professional approach of our staff and trustees and I am very proud of the entire college community.”
The quality of teaching and pastoral care were both deemed excellent as was the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students. The Inspectors commented that, “The high quality of teaching is consistently characterised by a thorough understanding of individual pupils’ needs and a true desire for all pupils to achieve their potential.”
Padworth College ISI Integrated Inspection Report October 2015
Accreditation UK is a quality assurance scheme for schools, colleges and universities which offer courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Padworth College is accredited by the British Council under this Scheme, for the teaching of English in the UK. The Scheme gives an assurance of quality to international students who are taking or are planning to take an English language course in the UK.
The British Council inspected and accredited Padworth College in May 2018. The Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching, welfare, and safeguarding for under 18s and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected.
Strengths were noted in the areas of teaching, care of students, academic staff profile, learner management, accommodation, and leisure opportunities.
The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.
Padworth College Accreditation UK Inspection Report May 2018
Following the change of ownership, the British Council conducted a ‘Spot Check’ inspection of Padworth College in June 2019. The report from this brief inspection stated that the organisation continued to meet the standards of the Accreditation UK Scheme.
Padworth College Accreditation UK Spot Check Report June 2019
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