City of London Freemen's School has been deemed “excellent” in its latest regulatory compliance and educational quality inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).
A team of eight inspectors visited Freemen’s over three days in November 2022 and found that the school met the standards in the schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014, the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2022, and associated requirements and was fully compliant in all areas.
These standards included quality of education provided; spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils; welfare, health and safety of pupils; suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors; premises of and accommodation at schools; provision of information; manner in which complaints are handled and quality of leadership in and management of schools.
Overall, the inspectors were impressed by the school and all standards were met. Standards such as the quality of education provided by the school and staff as well as the quality of pupils’ academic achievement and personal development were both rated “excellent”.
The inspection was based on observed lessons, discussions with pupils, staff, governors and parents. Inspectors also visited the boarding house, Walbrook, and the learning support and educational resource areas as part of their visit.
Roland Martin, Headmaster said: “I am extremely proud of the work our staff do to ensure we meet the expected standards in and out of the classroom and it is so pleasing to see that reflected in the report. The quality of pupils’ academic – and other - achievements being deemed “excellent” is very rewarding for all concerned.
“Obviously, I am delighted that we were marked fully compliant across all areas, but it is particularly rewarding to see the School’s ethos commended. The comments regarding our commitment to developing students from Junior School through to Senior School and on to Sixth Form to be ready for the world beyond is truly heartening. I felt in my conversations with the reporting inspector that she and her very professional team had the measure of the School and understood the quality of the pupils and staff that we have here at Freemen’s.”
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. ISI inspections are also carried out under arrangements of the ISC Associations for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of their membership.