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Top judgements of "Excellent' in all areas for both Junior and Senior Schools

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School is delighted to release the exemplary ISI Inspection reports for both the Junior and Senior Schools.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI)*, which carried out the inspection of both QEGS Junior and Senior Schools 10 – 13 November 2015, highlighted all areas including academic attainment, pastoral care and extra-curricular activities as “Excellent” and “significant strengths of the schools”.

The inspectors’ reports for both the Junior and Senior Schools are now available to download.

QEGS Junior School

The school is most successful in achieving its aims and provides an education of an extremely high quality for all its pupils.” ISI January 2016

In the Inspection Report released at the start of January 2016, the educational experience provided by QEGS Junior School was highly praised with the inspectors identifying many strengths including:

  • The pupils’ attainment is excellent in relation to national age-related expectations
  • All lessons are planned with an understanding of how boys learn best
  • Throughout the school, pupils’ attitudes towards learning are excellent and all show a desire to give their best at all times
  • The school offers excellent curricular and extra-curricular opportunities at all levels
  • The core curriculum, including the EYFS, is strengthened through the addition of outdoor education and the use of the woodland settings, which provide excellent opportunities to develop and foster skills such as teamwork, confidence building and independence
  • Pupils have a distinct desire, enhanced by the strength of their relationships with their teachers, to give of their best
  • The wide range of activities greatly enhances the physical, creative and thinking skills of the pupils
  • The pupils enjoy an excellent array of clubs which provide extensive opportunities for sporting, cultural, academic and artistic interests to be followed
  • Lessons are creative, exciting, inspiring and lively. The pace of lessons is excellent and pupils respond with a sense of fun and genuine joy of learning
  • Pupils feel happy and safe. They thrive in an environment in which they are known, valued and praised for their efforts

Head of QEGS Junior School, Louise Gray

"QEGS Junior School is delighted with the ‘Excellent’ outcomes obtained in all eight areas of the recent ISI Inspection. We are very proud that the school’s aim of ‘engaging boys in an exciting range of stimulating boy-centred opportunities’ was recognised and applauded in the report alongside many other notable strengths which include "teaching throughout the school is excellent" and "lessons are delivered with flair and pace, which excite and fully engage the boys." We look forward to providing the boys with many more exciting opportunities in the future which the recent purchase of the Clayton Hospital site will undoubtedly bring for QEGS Junior School."

QEGS Senior School

The school achieves its aim to fulfil all pupils’ intellectual potential within an inspirational and distinctively boy-centred learning environment.” ISI January 2016

In the Inspection Report released at the start of January 2016, the educational experience provided by QEGS Senior School was highly praised with the inspectors identifying many strengths including:

  • The quality of pupils’ achievements and learning is excellent
  • The pupils’ attitudes are an outstanding feature of the school. They are effective independent learners, are well motivated and take great pride in their school
  • There are a growing number of pastoral and team building visits to foster excellent relationships and further develop the outstanding attitudes that pupils have towards their education
  • Teaching is excellent; pace, variety of task and constant feedback are the hallmarks of successful lessons
  • All pupils are treated as individuals and are given the attention needed to maximise their educational experience
  • The school strongly encourages interaction between all groups, and pupils pursue this naturally and openly. They relate extremely well to each other, across all ages and backgrounds
  • By the time they leave school, they are well-rounded individuals who are mature, self-assured, articulate and confident
  • Pastoral care is a strength of the school, with staff providing highly effective support and guidance to pupils of all ages, in line with the school’s aims

Headmaster of QEGS Senior School, David Craig
"In an age when inspections can be very formulaic, it was great to get such a glowing report. I am especially pleased for the boys here, who do indeed “take great pride in their school”. This underpins everything we do and the successes we enjoy.”

Investing in the Future

Located between Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and sister school Wakefield Girls’ High School, the purchase of the former Clayton Hospital site will mark a very significant strategic development in the prestigious 424 year history of Wakefield Grammar School Foundation.

Until planning negotiations are completed, the exact scope of the development remains fluid. However, new state-of-the art facilities to benefit music and sports provision across the Foundation are proposed, to be enjoyed by future generations of pupils and the Wakefield community.

* ISC Inspection System

The ISI inspection regime has evolved significantly over recent years and allows for an exhaustive assessment of the conduct and achievement of the schools inspected.

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) arranges and carries out the inspection of any school which wishes to be accredited by the Independent Schools Council (ISC), thus enabling its head to become a member of one of the ISC’s affiliated associations of schools. THE ISI also inspects every school whose head is already a member of one of these associations, every six years.

The ISI inspects schools according to a standard framework for inspection, which it has laid down for the purposes of ensuring that standards are maintained and that the school complies with relevant legal requirements. This framework has been agreed with the DfES and OFSTED and they have recognised the ISI as the body responsible for the regular inspection of schools in England, which are affiliated to the ISC.