Denstone College Passes ISI Inspection with Flying Colours

Denstone College has once again passed its latest inspection with flying colours.

Following on from the inspectors’ visit, the report was published last week, and is available on the Independent Schools’ Inspectorate (ISI) and College websites (

This was a Boarding Welfare Intermediate Inspection, carried out by ISI, which focussed on ensuring that the College complies with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools (NMS). It did not inspect teaching and learning.

This type of inspection does not use a grading system as OFSTED did in our last “Outstanding” rated Boarding Inspection 2011, and our “Excellent” ISI Standard Inspection 2011 (which inspected all aspects of the College including teaching and learning). Despite the necessary perfunctory language of the report, Denstone College is adjudged an extremely safe and supportive school where the “overwhelming majority of pupils indicated…that they enjoy their boarding experience”. 

Inspectors were personally very complimentary about the welcome they received, and spoke highly of the staff and pupils they met.  Head of Boarding, Mrs Karenann Hood is delighted with the outcome of the inspection and welcomed more conclusive evidence that we are fulfilling our joint aims of Achievement, Confidence and Happiness.

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