Recent inspection results have been first-class, and “Excellent” has been a regular descriptor.  College numbers have more than doubled over the last two decades, and this has happened alongside excellent academic results, flourishing CCF and D of E, and of course excellent performances in music, drama and sport.

The 2017 ISI report, published on 18 January 2018, acknowledges the hard work of staff and pupils at Denstone.  Focused compliance and educational provision were the subjects of the inspection, and the full findings can be found in the full, unabridged Inspection Report in this section.
For the Focused Compliance element, the College was judged against a number of standards, including safeguarding children, measures taken against bullying, communication with parents and other aspects of leadership and management. These standards included national minimum boarding standards. In all respects the College was adjudged to meet the standards.  It is not possible to exceed standards and as such, this is the best outcome the College could have achieved.
For Educational Provision, the areas inspected fall into two categories; the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements, and the quality of pupils’ personal development.  Both areas were found to be “Excellent,” the highest descriptor available to inspectors.

Inspectors made the following observations:

The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements is excellent

  • Pupils’ knowledge, subject specific skills and understanding are at a high level
  • Pupils’ oral communication skills are excellent. They are confident and communicate fluently and logically in lessons, and in discussions and interviews
  • The achievement of pupils in extra-curricular activities is excellent

The quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent

  • Pupils show a high level of emotional maturity, develop self- discipline, self- knowledge and resilience
  • Pupils have a very good moral understanding which is evidenced by their manners and lifestyle in the school
  • Pupils are excellent at working with others and are given many opportunities to do so
  • Pupils engage in a wide range of activities that have a positive impact on the school and the wider community

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