The ISI inspectors found that pupils of all ages make excellent progress in relation to their abilities, judging that the school has been highly successful in meeting its aims to help pupils learn and achieve without undue pressure. Pupils’ study skills were also praised, and it was noted that the girls are “independent learners who can think for themselves” and “develop high level thinking skills stimulated by a challenging curriculum”. The school’s commitment to comprehensive individual support was also praised. Pupils’ attitudes to learning were also assessed as being excellent, with girls demonstrating an ability to take control of their learning, relishing the challenges this brings; recognition was given to the “confidence, self-belief and love of learning” that is apparent in all pupils from pre school to sixth form.
Alongside this excellent review of pupil achievement, the school was also congratulated on its “outstanding pastoral care” and the fact that many pupils achieve “extremely high standards in the exceptionally broad programme of extra-curricular activity”. Staff throughout the school were praised for their “comprehensive individual support” of students, as well as being recognised for having “strong and up to date subject knowledge supported by leadership and governance.
The inspectors recognised that the school has been highly success in achieving its aim to produce young women “who have great self-belief, are self-aware and take the values of the school with them so they are well placed to be outstanding citizens”, and in offering a “broad curriculum and extra-curricular provision to develop the skills and talents of each pupil, and promote self-belief”.
Students’ leadership skills, respect and tolerance for other cultures and faiths was also praised, as was the boarding provision at the school, with inspectors commenting that “boarders show great independence and social awareness, supporting their excellent personal development”
The inspection report also highlighted the excellent communication skills, confidence, leadership skills and resilience that the girls display and commented on how well girls are prepared for life beyond school, both through our “well-crafted life skills programme” and the “individual attention and focus on personal needs” that the girls receive.
Headmaster Kevin Carson “We are delighted that the ISI has given the school such a ringing endorsement across all areas of school life, and that the inspectors recognised RMS as an exceptional school. We were rigorously assessed at one day’s notice, and during the course of the inspection visit RMS was regularly commented upon as an outstanding learning environment, with a wonderful learning culture, strong values, and excellent academic outcomes – and all of this backed up by parent and pupil responses to the ISI survey.”
Chair of Governors Mr John Gould said “I would like to convey my gratitude to all members of the school community – students, staff, parents – who have contributed to this excellent report. The ISI spent three days undertaking a very detailed inspection and we are delighted that all aspects of the school were viewed in such a positive light”
In addition in a Focused Compliance Inspection it was confirmed that the school is fully compliant in all respects with the rigorous regulations and standards, including boarding. There is no grading for this inspection – it is a simple pass/fail measure.