Shrewsbury School

Inspection reports

ISI Focused Compliance Inspection and Educational Quality Inspection 2017

Two inspections were carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate from 28th February – 2nd March 2017. The process was part of a new ‘no notice’ inspection format, which meant that the School was informed of the inspection 24 hours before it began.

The first inspection was a Focused Compliance Inspection, which concluded that the School is fully compliant in all respects with the highly rigorous regulations and boarding standards.

The second was an Educational Quality Inspection, which reports on the quality of the School’s work. It focuses on two key outcomes: “the quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements” and “the quality of pupils’ personal development”.  In both cases, the School was assessed as “excellent”, the highest available category.

A team of five inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and examined samples of pupils’ work. They held discussions with members of staff and with the Deputy Chair of Governors, observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities that occurred during the inspection period and attended house meetings. Inspectors visited boarding houses together with the learning support and education resource areas. The responses of parents and pupils to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined curriculum and other documentation made available by the School.

To download the full reports, please click on the links below:


ISI Interim Inspection Report on Boarding Welfare 2014: Shrewsbury School is fully compliant and meets all the Boarding Minimum Standards

An interim inspection of boarding welfare at the School was carried out by the Independent Schools Inspectorate from 11th - 13th November 2014.  As was to be expected, the inspection was rigorous and thorough.The inspectors conducted formal interviews with boarders, held discussions with senior members of staff and with the Chair of Governors, observed a sample of activities that occurred during the inspections period and attended registration sessions. Inspectors visited each of the boarding houses and the facilities for sick or injured pupils. The reponses of parents and boarding pupils to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors also examined regulatory documentation made available by the School.

They concluded that the School is fully compliant and meets all the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools 2013.

Please see the ISI Intermediate Boarding Welfare Inspection Report 2014:Shrewsbury School for full details.


ISI Interim Inspection Report May 2011

An interim inspection was carried out on 10th and 11th May 2011, at the end of which we were graded 'Outstanding' in all categories.  This wholehearted endorsement, coming so quickly on the heels of our Ofsted inspection (which identified our pastoral and boarding provision similarly 'Outstanding' in all areas), is a great tribute to the whole school community.

Please see the ISI Report: Shrewsbury School for full details.

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