ISI Report

We are very proud of the recognition that ISI gave to Thames Christian College's strengths and achievements during the inspection in March 2015. For those more familiar with Ofsted terminology, ISI use the descriptor Excellent rather than Outstanding. In particular the inspectors commented:

On our achievements:

"Results in GCSE have been above the national average for maintained schools. Girls’ results in 2013 were higher than in previous years, being similar to the national average for girls in maintained selective schools. Results for IGCSE English and Business Studies have been higher than worldwide norm ... In 2014 just over half the pupils achieved A* or A in English, and just under half achieved A* or A in mathematics."

"The level of attainment in GCSE indicates that pupils make progress to Year 11 that is good in relation to the average for pupils of similar abilities; performance across the subject range at GCSE is markedly higher than that predicted from their prior attainment. Progress for pupils with EAL and the particularly able is similarly good. Pupils with dyslexia make significantly greater progress, achieving on average nearly a grade higher than the average for pupils with similar abilities."

"Almost all pupils achieve places at their first choice of colleges for post-16 education, some achieving scholarships at highly competitive independent schools. The range of destinations and course reflects the variety of skills that pupils have developed at school."

 

On the curriculum:

"Curriculum plans in many subjects are well developed and include suggested extension work for the most able."

"Frequent visits by outside speakers enrich the curriculum."

 

On the teaching:

"Teachers know the individual learning styles of their pupils extremely well and the majority plan their lessons meticulously, with detailed personalised learning targets."

"In pupil interviews a very large majority of pupils spoke highly of the availability of teachers and the care taken by them."

"... both parents and pupils were overwhelmingly positive about the help teachers give in supporting their progress."

"The members of the senior leadership team have a detailed knowledge of the background and potential of every pupil, allowing them to impact quickly and directly on their personal development and achievement."

 

On pupils' attitudes and personal development:

"Behaviour is excellent and pupils feel safe, secure, valued and well supported."

"Younger pupils in particular expressed confidence that bullying was rare, but that should it occur it would be dealt with swiftly and effectively. The inspection team concurred with this view."

"The example set by staff in their relationships with the pupils and each other has a positive impact on the pupils’ consideration for others."

 

On links with parents:

"Links with parents are excellent ... the vast majority of parents indicated that the school encourages parental involvement and that all information about the school is readily available."

 

The full report can be downloaded here