Stonyhurst College in Lancashire, and its prep school, Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, have received an excellent ISI inspection report, described by the headmaster Andrew Johnson as “absolutely glowing”.
Following a full inspection of Stonyhurst in March, the inspectors found that, “The outstanding personal development of the pupils is a clear indicator of how the school prepares them spiritually and emotionally to provide leadership.”
In addition they reported that “teachers’ subject knowledge is excellent and their enthusiasm encourages pupils to do their best”, and that“pupils are encouraged to think for themselves from an early age, and develop strong skills of logical thought and argument.”
They also praised the school’s leadership, saying “leadership and management are excellent, setting an excellent example to the pupils, being strong, energetic and highly attentive to the needs of individuals.”
“Pastoral care is meticulous and well co-ordinated across all sections of the school… and the pupils’ excellent spiritual development is nurtured by the powerful Christian ethos which pervades the school,” they concluded.
Mr Johnson, who leaves Stonyhurst this summer after 10 years at the college to become headmaster of St Benedict’s School in west London, said: “These excellent outcomes are testimony to the hard work and enthusiasm of the teaching and support staff, and to the strong commitment our pupils and their parents have to Stonyhurst.”
All independent schools are inspected every few years by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, according to a framework agreed with the Department for Education.