Salesian College Farnborough is delighted to announce that the school continues to be graded ‘Excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (equivalent to Ofsted ‘Outstanding’).
The College received the top marks of ‘excellent’ for the academic achievement and personal development of its students, following the full inspection which took place in November 2022. Evidence was obtained from students, parents and staff and from first-hand observations of lessons, break times and after school activities by the ISI inspection team, appointed by the Department for Education to monitor standards in the independent schools sector.
In addition to its ‘excellent’ educational ratings, Salesian College also met all the required standards following its Regulatory Compliance Inspection.
Mr Gerard Owens, Headmaster said, “I am overjoyed that the inspectors witnessed and reflected what we see every day: that Salesian College develops a family community where people matter most and whose outstanding levels of academic progress, sporting excellence, creative achievement and exemplary behaviour are facilitated by our compassionate and caring ethos.”
“We are extremely proud that the vision of St John Bosco continues to be recognised as excellent and that, as he himself said “…education is a matter of the heart”.
Positive comments from the ISI report include:
- ‘Many pupils spoke about how proud they are to be a Salesian and how the school’s ethos of valuing the contribution of each pupil affirms and develops their sense of self-worth.’
- ‘Pupils have an innate love of learning … enabled by teachers who are committed to helping pupils to improve and achieve their full potential.’
- ‘A sense of mutual respect and a shared understanding of right and wrong are at the heart of the school community.’
- ‘Pupils of all ages display excellent levels of knowledge, skills and understanding in a wide variety of subjects.’
- ‘Pupils are excellent and enthusiastic communicators. Their natural confidence and ease in conversation is facilitated by teachers, who value the opinions of pupils and listen to their ideas or concerns.’
- ‘Pupils are extremely accepting … stressing that their identity as a Salesian transcends any apparent difference of race, gender or religion.’
- ‘Pupils reach an extremely high level of achievement in a range of physical and creative activities.’
- ‘Pupils have a deep and sensitive awareness of spirituality and the non-material aspects of life.’
- ‘Many pupils spoke maturely about the importance of maintaining good mental health and the need to establish a sensible work – life balance.’
- ‘…staff are always willing to listen to their concerns and that they are confident that the school has effective strategies in place to deal with any bullying or poor behaviour should it occur.’
The full ISI report can be viewed here.