ISI Inspections

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body responsible for the inspection of independent schools in membership of the Associations that make up the Independent Schools Council. ISI reports to the Department for Education on the extent to which schools meet statutory requirements.

As a member of IAPS and ISC Richmond House School is inspected by ISI regularly. There are currently two types of inspections – educational quality inspections (which include a focused compliance inspection) and regulatory compliance inspections.

Educational Quality Inspections report on the two main outcomes for pupils: achievement and personal development.  Reporting is with reference to contributory factors such as the curriculum, teaching and pastoral care.

Regulatory Compliance Inspections report on a school’s compliance with the Independent School Standards Regulations, including the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).


The latest ISI Inspection, completed in March 2022, was a Focused Compliance and Education Quality Inspection, which is a combination of both types of inspection.

Richmond House School met with the requirements of the Focused Compliance Inspection. This is the highest result that a school can achieve.

Richmond House School was rated as Excellent for pupil development and pupil achievement as part of the Education Quality Inspection.

The report can be found here: ISI Focused Compliance and Education Quality Inspection March 2022