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. 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).
ISA schools are ranked among the best in the world and inspection findings are presented in reliable and objective reports. Schools receive five working days’ notice of an inspection and both parents and pupils contribute to the process through the submission of confidential questionnaires.
ISI Report – April 2015
We are pleased that overall pupils’ development was cited as ‘good’ and that teaching standards in our Early Years department were praised specifically.
“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.”
Post ISI Inspection Progress Review – March 2016
This review was commissioned by the trustees to provide feedback on progress achieved half-way through our new Headteacher’s first year, and to make an assessment of progress against the ISI 2015 areas of development. It was carried out by external reviewer, David Thomson, a former ISI team inspector.
“The children’s learning behaviours were excellent throughout. Pupils were happy and engaged in lessons and worked together impressively and with their teachers.”