Last week we had a group of seven visitors from the Education Development Trust, the Thai Ministry of Education ONESQA and Nord Anglia Education who spent the week in the school, inspecting us for our International School Quality Mark and British Schools Overseas Accreditations.
As I have written before, we were very pleased to be judged to be Outstanding both overall and for every Standard individually when a similar Inspection Team visited three years ago, and we were really looking forward to showing our visitors that we are an even better school three years later, so it was very pleasing that the Inspection Team agreed with this in their feedback to the Senior Leadership Team last Thursday afternoon.
The Inspection Team was very complimentary about the role that our What Makes a Great St Andrews Lesson? and What Makes a Great St Andrews Community? Documents, and the more recent revised Effort Grade Criteria, have played in ensuring that we are all trying to live up to our Mission Statement (highlighted in last week’s Newsletter), with one of the highlights of the meeting being the description of the school, by a student, as one where “students are confident to express themselves freely, their questions are valued and teachers give them space for their own thoughts and ideas.”
We look forward to receiving the Inspector’s full reports, which will of course also contain some recommendations for areas that we can continue to work on, in the near future.
This week is our annual Week Without, when we challenge students and teachers to give up a luxury for the week to raise both funds for Year 12's Service Week CAS Projects and awareness of the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.