The Royal School has received A’s across the board. 

The Haslemere school achieved an ‘excellent’ rating, the highest possible rating, in its recent Independent School Inspectorate’s (ISI) Focused Compliance and Educational Quality Inspection.

The inspection reports on the quality of the school’s work, focusing on the achievement of the pupils, including their academic and personal development.

Head teacher, Pippa Smithson, said: “We are thrilled that our school has been recognised as overwhelmingly excellent. 

We have long been known as a nurturing school but we are delighted to be recognised as excellent in the academic sphere.”

Angela Kennedy, whose son Hugo was appointed head boy in the summer term, added: “The Royal School’s staff are an exceptional team of teachers who genuinely care for each individual young person, and their progress and happiness. 

“Since joining the school in Year 8, our son has thrived at The Royal Senior School. 

“As parents, it has been a tremendous joy for us to watch him flourish, gain confidence, and succeed in such a happy, nurturing environment.”

A school can achieve a rating of ‘excellent’, ‘good’, ‘sound’, or ‘unsatisfactory’.

The report stated: “Across the school and in a range of subjects, pupils of all ages and abilities make rapid progress and achieve high standards in relation to their individual starting points.

“Pupils’ self-confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-knowledge and resilience are excellent. This results from the many opportunities afforded to them to develop their own initiative and autonomy.”

The Independent Schools Inspectorate inspections involve inspectors observing lessons, conducting formal interviews with pupils and examining pupils’ work. Inspectors hold discussions with senior members of staff, observe extra-curricular activities and attend registration sessions and assemblies. Parents and pupils receive pre-inspection questionnaires, the results of which are analysed by inspectors, and inspectors examine regulatory documentation.