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Outstanding Inspection Report for Stonyhurst
Stonyhurst College and Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall are celebrating an excellent ISI inspection report, described by the Headmaster Andrew Johnson as ‘absolutely glowing’.
There was a full inspection of all of Stonyhurst’s educational provision in March, from the Nursery at Hodder House to Higher Line (the Sixth Form). Some of the highlights of the report are:
The outstanding personal development of the pupils is a clear indicator of how the school prepares them spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership.
Teachers’ subject knowledge is excellent and their enthusiasm encourages pupils to do their best.
Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves from an early age, and develop strong skills of logical thought and argument.
Leadership and management are excellent, setting an excellent example to the pupils, being strong, energetic and highly attentive to the needs of individuals.
Pastoral care is meticulous and well co-ordinated across all sections of the school.
The pupils’ excellent spiritual development is nurtured by the powerful Christian ethos which pervades the school.
Relationships between the boarders and staff are extremely positive, and boarders appreciate the care given by the staff in a variety of roles.
Parents are overwhelmingly satisfied with the education and support provided for their children by the school.
Academically, Stonyhurst is going from strength to strength, and last summer’s examination results were the best ever, with 71% A*-B at A level, 51% A*-A at GCSE and a top IB score of 39 points (equivalent to 4 A*s at A level).
Mr Johnson, who leaves Stonyhurst this summer after ten years at the College to become Headmaster of St Benedict’s School in West London, said: ‘These excellent outcomes are testimony to the hard work and enthusiasm of the teaching and support staff, and to the strong commitment our pupils and their parents have to Stonyhurst.’
All independent schools are inspected every few years by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, according to a framework agreed with the Department for Education.
The full report can be downloaded below: