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    The British School gains top marks in ISI inspection
    28th April 2011: The British School Al Khubairat has received an ‘Excellent’ rating in its independent inspection report, conducted during March by the UK’s Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI).  The school was ranked ‘Excellent’ in all categories – the top score available.

    The ISI inspection team judged the school according to a number of British government Standards for British Schools Overseas. The British School was awarded ‘Excellent’ in each section, with the inspectors remarking that the school was outstanding in several areas. The key findings are:
    • The quality of the pupils’ academic achievement is excellent overall, and pupils across the school are “extremely well educated”.
    • The quality of the pupils’ personal development is excellent, and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness is outstanding.
    • The quality of curricular and extra-curricular provision is excellent, with an excellent curriculum and an excellent enrichment programme.
    • The quality of teaching is excellent across the school, with teachers having an excellent knowledge of their subject and a detailed knowledge of each child.
    • The quality of the school’s arrangements for welfare, health and safety is excellent, which “is a major contributory factor in the pupils’ outstanding personal development”.
    • The quality of the school governance, leadership and management is outstanding.
    • The school attracts staff of very high calibre, and the professional development of staff is given high priority.
    • The provision for pupils needing learning support is excellent and the most able pupils are also effectively challenged.
    • The school buildings and facilities are excellent.
    • The quality of the school’s links with parents is excellent.
    • There is a “sense of belonging” across the school which applies equally to staff and pupils.
    The full inspection report can be viewed on the school website click here
    “I am absolutely delighted with the results of this inspection,” said Mrs Julie Richards, Chair of the Board of Governors at The British School. “We have all worked extremely hard over the years to develop this school in line with British standards of education in all areas - academic, creative, sporting, spiritual and personal development. It is very gratifying that this vision and dedication from all members of the school community is paying off, and that we are now officially recognised as a mainstream British independent school, with standards across all areas being in line with those of the top independent schools in the UK and internationally.
    “The inspection report praises all aspects of the school, attributing its success to every part of it – the leadership and management, the excellent staff, the strong support of parents, and the positive attitudes and exceptional behaviour of all our students. The inspectors remark on the excellent communication and relationships between each element of the school community.
    “If there’s one clear message that comes out of the report, it is that the achievements of this school are a team effort. Every single person involved with the school contributes to its overall ethos and success. The British School has come a long way since we first opened in 1968, and I’m extremely proud that we can now hold our heads up high alongside the very best of British schools anywhere in the world.”
    Mr Paul Coackley, Principal of The British School, commented: “This inspection is the just reward for the vision, dedication and sheer hard work of everyone involved in the school. My sincere thanks go to all the governors, staff, parents and students who all make this school what it is: a world-class British school offering excellence in education at the heart of Abu Dhabi.”
    The ISI is a prestigious body approved by the British government for the purpose of inspecting schools in England and internationally. It inspects and reports on the top independent schools in England as well as key British Schools Overseas. ISI is also the agency responsible for the inspection of schools in membership of the Associations of the Independent Schools Council (ISC). The British School Al Khubairat is the first school in Abu Dhabi to be inspected under the UK government’s Standards for British Schools Overseas. For more information about ISI, visit
    The inspection took place over four days in March, plus a two-day pre-inspection visit. The inspectors observed lessons, conducted formal interviews with pupils and staff and examined samples of pupils’ work. They held discussions with senior members of staff and with the chair of governors, observed a sample of the extra-curricular activities and attended registration sessions and assemblies. Inspectors visited the facilities of sick or injured pupils. The responses of parents and pupils to pre-inspection questionnaires were analysed, and the inspectors examined documentation made available by the school.
    The British School is a staunch supporter of regular independent inspections. The school’s previous inspection was carried out in April 2008 by independent inspectors Penta International.



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