The Dharma Primary School is a fully accredited member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and subject to inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), which is supervised by Ofsted.
The ISI is a government approved inspectorate responsible for the inspection of independent schools which are members of the Association. ISA schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than half a million children in 1,200 educational establishments. Inspection is for the benefit of the students, and seeks to improve the quality and effectiveness of their education and care. Inspection findings are presented in reliable and objective reports.
Schools receive five working days’ notice of an inspection and in advance of the visit parents and pupils are invited to complete confidential questionnaires. In this way both parents and pupils contribute to the inspection process.
Our school became a member of the ISA in 2012 and was inspected by the ISI in April 2015. (Previously the school was subject to inspection by Ofsted).
ISI Report – April 2015
“Pupils are emotionally literate, compassionate and able to resolve conflict. Relationships are strong and pupils are well supported in a nurturing environment…All pupils are confident and articulate…All develop high levels of emotional literacy.”
We are pleased that overall pupils’ development is cited as ‘good’ and that teaching standards in our Early Years department were praised specifically.
We were asked by the ISI and the Independent Schools Association (ISA) to respond to recommendations within the report. A clear management plan and a definitive strategy was implemented to ensure all ISI recommendations were met within our School Improvement Plan (SIP).
The inspection process is supportive and collaborative with acknowledgement from the ISI that the school had been through a challenging period of transition over the previous two years. Our much-loved Head Teacher, Peter Murdock, retired in 2013 after 11 years at the helm and it took time to find a suitable candidate to lead the school forward. New Head Clare Eddison joined the school in September 2015; an exceptional teacher commended as ‘outstanding’, and with a long-term Buddhist practice. With Clare at the helm, the Dharma Primary School is building on its strong foundations and continues to improve and excel.