“Pupils enjoy coming to school and appreciate the support they receive from teachers.” – Ofsted 2022
For our third Ofsted inspection in a row, Isleworth & Syon School has been recognised as a ‘good’ school. We are profoundly proud that all the positive and hard work by staff and students over the difficult last few years have been recognised. It is clear that Isleworth & Syon remains the best choice for boys in the local area. You can read the full report on Ofsted’s website.
“Pupils interact positively with their peers and show control when involved in games at break or lunch.” – Ofsted 2022
We are pleased that Ofsted recognises the importance that we place on high standards and safety around the school site – exemplified by our ‘Ready, Respectful, Safe’ strategy. Indeed, they mention that students “feel safe at school and know who to approach for help if it is needed”. We have a strong culture of pastoral care in school, with dedicated Pastoral Support Managers and a strong House system.
“Teachers are secure in their own subject knowledge and present new information with clarity. They understand the importance of questioning pupils on a regular basis to check their understanding and promote thinking.“
Teaching and learning continues to be a strength of the school, and we are pleased that Ofsted acknowledges this. Our senior team place great importance on planning the curriculum and making sure it is designed for how boys learn. Our educational outcomes continue to be exceptional and far outperform the national picture for boys.
“Leaders prioritise the promotion of reading skills. A carefully structured programme is in place to support struggling pupils to become fluent readers.” – Ofsted 2022
The report also praises our focus on literacy and, specifically, reading. Indeed, it confirms our most recent Challenge Partners Review – undertaken by senior leaders from other schools in the partnership – who described it as an “area of excellence”. With this in mind, the Ofsted quote above clearly shows how the focuses we give to oracy in the classroom and literacy, more generally, are well-designed.
The report mentions that we will receive a graded inspection in the next few years – we welcome this. Continual self-improvement is a constant drive in school, and we will never stop striving to be “outstanding in every respect”. We recognise that we do not get everything right at all times – but we have a clear plan in place for staff and students so that everyone can be the best that they can be.