Thursday, 25 May, 2017

Inspection Report

Inspection Report

ISI Integrated Inspection Report; a summary of the Inspectors’ findings January/ February 2012

A team of five inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate spent four days at Thetford Grammar school in January/February 2012 examining every aspect of school life. Below is a summary of their findings, and you can download and read the complete report here: Thetford Grammar School Inspection Report

They graded Thetford Grammar School as being good in the quality of:

  • Pupils’ achievements and learning, with a good teaching contribution
  • Contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision
  • Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Pastoral care, and welfare, health and safety provision
  • Governance, leadership and management


In their main findings, the inspectors commented that TGS “is an inclusive family community which develops the whole pupil and ensures that all are known as individuals.”

“The pupils are articulate and confident. They develop their creativity, and the ability to work independently and to think logically and analytically.”

“Pupils also achieve high standards in debating, sports, music, drama and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.”

The inspectors also commented that “pupils throughout the school feel well supported and guided.”

“They have a very positive attitude to learning and work well individually and with one another. They develop into caring and responsible young people.”

Relationships are strong between pupils from different sections of the school and older pupils enjoy helping younger ones.”

“The sixth-form pupils show excellent levels of leadership and maturity.”

“Pupils are very aware of the needs of those who are less fortunate and engage in many charitable fund-raising activities.”


Our most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate Report (January 2012) had the following to say about the Junior Department:

“In the EYFS, the children make significant progress because their individual needs are very well met by highly reflective staff who know them very well.”

“The children work extremely well together in lessons, and negotiate and solve problems effectively during child-initiated activities. They approach learning with abundant enthusiasm.”

“Pupils in the junior school make very good progress, responding well to challenging work that is carefully matched to their differing needs and ability levels.”

Skillful teaching and excellent use of resources inspire the most able pupils to achieve very high standards.”

“The curriculum within the junior school is broad and goes beyond the required areas of learning.”

“The teaching in the junior school, including the EYFS, was most often outstanding.”

“In the junior school, much care is taken to prepare different tasks to encourage all pupils to achieve at an appropriate level.”

“In the EYFS, the children’s excellent personal development is enriched through opportunities to work and play with older pupils.”

“The inclusive EYFS setting works well with outside agencies to provide for children with additional needs.”

More about the ISI

The Independent Schools Inspectorate is the body responsible for the inspection of schools belonging to the Independent Schools Council and is monitored by OFSTED. It reports to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements. Inspections are for the benefit of pupils and seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and of the care for their welfare.

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