ISI Inspection

Proud To Be Excellent

St Joseph’s was last inspected on the 6th to the 8th of December 2022. This Inspection was a combined Focused Compliance Inspection (FCI) with an accompanying Educational Quality Inspection (EQI). The inspectors saw the school at the end of the Autumn Term as it really is: with Junior School productions going on, pupils gearing up for the end of term and all that the week before breaking up for the Christmas Holidays brings.

I am delighted that they did, as their judgements were that the quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements are Excellent and that the quality of the pupils’ personal development are Excellent, as well as that the school was Fully Compliant with ALL aspects of the Independent Schools Standards and Regulations. These are the highest grades that can be awarded under the exacting ISI criteria, and place the school at the forefront of all Independent Schools across the country.

Please do take the time to read the report. If you are considering St Joseph’s for your child’s education, I have no doubt that it will help guide your choice, and look forward to welcoming you for a visit to the school. If you are an current parent, I hope this makes you feel as proud of your children, their school, and their successes, as I am of each one of them.

We have been judged to be an Excellent school: a school where our pupils “believe that everyone deserves to be treated kindly, and acknowledge that learning from one’s mistakes is a strength;” a school where pupils “are considerate towards each other, irrespective of gender or the relevant protected characteristics and are generous in their praise of their peers’ successes;” and a school where “Pupils are highly enthusiastic learners, fully focused and keen to fulfil their potential at every stage of their school life.”

St Joseph’s is a school of which I am immensely proud, and in the eighth year of my Headship at St Jo’s the Inspection, perhaps counterintuitively, proved the best Christmas present I could have asked for. However, while we are very happy with the report, there is no room for complacency: the Governors, the Senior Management Team and every member of staff remain committed to ensuring that St Joseph’s remains the Independent school of choice in the South West, and determined to continue to improve. We can always learn, we can always find excitement in the new, and we can always be as excited about tomorrow as we are about today. As for the children, so for the teachers.

If you have any questions regarding the report, or any other aspect of school life, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr Oliver Scott