Sheffield Girls’ recently passed the Independent Schools Inspectorate's (ISI) Regulatory Compliance Inspection with flying colours, meeting all the requirements in every section.

Inspectors praised the quality of the work that is conducted at Sheffield Girls, after a rigorous and thorough inspection of various aspects of the 970-pupil school.

The inspection saw the school successfully pass the required standard in areas including:

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

The report praised the quality of education confirming GCSE and A-level results were above national average for maintained schools. It also highlighted the active promotion of principals and values resulting in the personal development of pupils as responsible, tolerant and law abiding citizens.

Inspectors praised The Girls’ Day School Trust on ensuring its leadership and management demonstrated appropriate skills and knowledge so that standards were consistently met and the well-being of pupils was actively promoted.

Headteacher Valerie Dunsford commented: "I am delighted to report that Sheffield Girls’ passed its recent Inspection with absolutely no actions for follow up. All required standards were passed - a grading is not given for this report, it is simply pass or fail.

“This was a compliance inspection which concentrated on making sure we meet requirements of all the educational standards and regulations.

"My thanks go to the outstanding staff here at Sheffield Girls’; all of whom played their part in this successful inspection.

“The next inspection is due in two to three years’ time and will review compliance again but will also look much more comprehensively at the quality of education that the school provides.”

The ISI is the body approved by the Secretary of State for the purpose of inspecting schools which are members of the Independent Schools Council to report on the extent to which they meet the Independent Schools Standards. The ISI inspects schools every three years.

A report from the inspection, which was carried out in October 2017, is now available to download here.