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“The school succeeds in dispelling the myths and stereotypes that are sometimes associated with boys’ schools.” – Challenge Partners Review 2016

Isleworth & Syon School has been described as “outstanding” in all areas following its most recent external review, which took place in mid-November.

The school was one of the founding members of the practitioner-led Challenge Partners, which has been in existence since 2011 and seeks to improve school performance through peer-to-peer challenge and knowledge sharing. Each school in Challenge Partners receives an annual Quality Assurance Review (QAR). The QAR is a peer review involving senior leaders from other schools in the partnership. The review has a whole-school remit and focuses on teaching and learning, which enables practitioners to have deep conversations about the quality of learning in the school.

By nature of being a collaborative peer review, the QAR is different from other external inspections such as Ofsted. However, it is led by a qualified Ofsted inspector and the full review can be read in full below. You can also download it via the yellow box at the bottom of the page.

In addition, reviewers made an in-depth review of how the school undertakes work in training new teachers and in the induction of newly-qualified teachers. Reviewers confirmed that this was an Area of Excellent Practice. The lead reviewer described this area as “amongst the very best” he has seen and this is added to the growing portfolio of areas of excellence across the school, which includes: science; performing arts; humanities; PE and pastoral systems and practices.

A few extracts from the report are below:


Read the report