In October 2017, Gad’s Hill School was inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate

The inspectors looked at the educational quality and compliance and ranked Gad’s Hill a ‘good’ school, with all the below regulatory requirements met:

  • Quality of education provided
  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  • Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  • Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  • Premises of and accommodation at schools
  • Provision of information
  • Manner in which complaints are handle
  • Quality of leadership in and management of schools


The quality of the pupils’ academic and other achievements is good

  • Pupils are confident, articulate communicators
  • Pupils make good progress supported by the school’s effective use of tracking systems
  • Pupils gain good qualifications through the good work of the school and are equipped for their further education
  • Teachers show a good level of subject knowledge
  • Pupils have successfully developed their skills in wider areas of the curriculum
  • Pupils show an ability to think widely and be creative


The quality of the pupils’ personal development is good

  • Behaviour in the playground and around school is supportive and sensible with excellent interaction between pupils of different ages
  • Pupils become very involved in their own learning and develop a greater understanding of themselves, helped by the school’s guidance
  • Pupils are very aware of the needs of others beyond the school gate
  • Pupils display a good level for each other’s point of view and belief
  • Pupils know how to stay safe and look after themselves


Gad’s Hill is a ’good’ school because…

  • It has good teachers who stretch and challenge
  • There is a wide range of opportunities for a small school
  • There is a positive atmosphere in lessons
  • Staff are very caring and know the children well
  • Pupils show much enthusiasm for helping others
  • Behaviour is good and there is a strong sense of moral values
  • There is a strong school ethos that is seen throughout the daily routines of the school
  • Pupils get on with each other


The Headmaster’s comment

Everybody at Gad’s is delighted and proud to receive such a positive and enthusiastic report.

We know Gad’s is a good school and to have official affirmation helps us build on its many strengths.

Our children are happy and doing well and that is paramount to the success of any school – we look forward to continuing to improve the school and provide children with a first-class education.


The registration authority for independent schools is the Department for Education (DfE), which directs inspection according to a specified frequency at any time.

The Independent School’s Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of inspecting schools which are, or whose heads are, in membership of the associations which form the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and reporting on the extent to which they meet the Independent Schools Standards (‘the standards’) in the Schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014.

Full regulations and requirements can be found here:

The Education (Indpendent School Standards) Regulations 2014 –

Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework–2