Independent schools are inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate approximately every three years, alternating between Regulatory Compliance Inspections and Integrated Inspections.
Regulatory Compliance Inspection
The Mead’s most recent inspection was a Regulatory Compliance Inspection in 2018. Judgements given are limited to ‘met’ or ‘not met’. The Mead met all compliance standards. You can read the full report here.
Our most recent full inspection in 2014 strongly affirmed that The Mead is a happy, friendly and forward-looking school, where children thrive and achieve amazing things. The Mead received the highest possible ranking in this report, with every aspect of school life was ranked as excellent.
Neil Roskilly, CEO of the Independent Schools Association, stated “This is one of the most outstanding ISI reports that I have ever read”.
What they said about…
-The quality of pupils’ achievement and learning is excellent.
-The curriculum makes an excellent contribution to pupils’ achievements and is imaginative and flexible, supported by specialist teaching in music, drama, physical education and French.
Our Early Years
-In the EYFS the standards of provision are excellent.
-In the EYFS, high quality teaching and the use of a wide range of excellent resources engage and motivate the children through a well-planned and stimulating programme of activities.
-Effective planning helps to ensure that all children reach or exceed the expected levels of development.
-The adaptation of lesson plans to incorporate the children’s suggestions is a strong feature of the setting.
-An effective balance between adult-led and child-initiated activities promotes independent learning skills.
-Pupils have excellent attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed. They take a great pride in their work and show a genuine proactive attitude towards all their activities.
-Pupils throughout the school are articulate, listen carefully to their teachers and each other, and have well-developed literacy and numeracy skills.
-The pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is excellent and they benefit from the high quality pastoral care they receive.
-By the time they leave the school, pupils have a well-grounded sense of their own self-worth as well as a clear idea of right and wrong. They have also gained valuable insight into their responsibilities towards the wider society outside school.
-The quality of teaching is excellent and work is well-matched to the varying abilities of the pupils.
-The high standard of teaching makes a significant contribution to the pupils’ achievements.
-Lessons are well-planned and stimulating.
-Teachers have high expectations of their pupils and communicate genuine enthusiasm for their subjects.
-Teachers successfully encourage pupils to do things for themselves, to think independently and always to do their best.
Our Relationships with Parents
-The school has excellent relationships with parents.
-Responses to the parent questionnaire and interviews during the inspection indicated that parents are extremely happy with all aspects of the school, particularly appreciating the progress made by the children, the high standards of care and the good range of extra-curricular activities that enrich the curriculum.
-Parents feel they have excellent opportunities to be involved in their children’s learning and progress.
-Comprehensive reports, sent home twice a year, ensure that parents are fully informed about their children’s progress.
“The pupils are extremely well educated in line with the school’s aims to encourage them all to feel success.” Independent Schools Inspection report